K-PAX

K-PAX

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Director: Iain Softley

Cast: Iain Softley, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack

     
 

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The 1995 novel by Dr. Gene Brewer becomes this drama from director Iain Softley. After a mugging incident at New York's Grand Central Station, Prot (Kevin Spacey), a man who claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX, is turned over to a public mental hospital and the care of Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges). When medication fails to alter Prot's insistence that he is… See more details below

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The 1995 novel by Dr. Gene Brewer becomes this drama from director Iain Softley. After a mugging incident at New York's Grand Central Station, Prot (Kevin Spacey), a man who claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX, is turned over to a public mental hospital and the care of Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges). When medication fails to alter Prot's insistence that he is visiting from another world on a fact-finding mission, Powell gets more involved with his patient, who seems to have a calming effect on the other residents of his ward. At first convinced that Prot is a delusional who can be treated, Powell begins to wonder if his bizarre patient's story is true, particularly after the hospital's doctors find that Prot possesses the baffling ability to see ultraviolet light. As the date grows nearer when Prot claims he must leave Earth (a "class BA-III planet"), Powell becomes increasingly concerned that a psychiatric breakthrough must occur by then. K-PAX (2001) co-stars Alfre Woodard and Mary McCormack.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This keenly written, engrossing drama takes off on the strength of Kevin Spacey’s dazzling performance -- a real tour de force, and easily his best since American Beauty. K-PAX starts off by asking a deceptively simple question: What would become of a man who claimed to be an extraterrestrial visiting Earth in human form? He’d be institutionalized -- exactly the fate that befalls a mild-mannered, seemingly average fellow who calls himself "Prot"(Spacey). His fanciful story impresses staff psychiatrist Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges), a driven but compassionate professional convinced that he can help restore this particular patient's sanity. Under the direction of Iain Softley (Wings of the Dove), K-PAX vacillates from low comedy to high drama, and even takes on the aspect of a police procedural when Powell undertakes an investigation of Prot’s past in an attempt to determine his true identity. The shifts in narrative direction and tone are achieved seamlessly, thanks in no small part to Softley’s splendid cast, which also includes Mary McCormack as Powell’s understanding wife, Alfre Woodard as the institution’s no-nonsense administrator, and David Patrick Kelly as a fellow patient who takes a shine to Prot. For the most part, though K-Pax revolves around Spacey and Bridges, and for their interplay alone it definitely warrants repeated screenings. The DVD features an alternate ending shot by Softley, who also contributes a feature-length commentary. Behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews enliven a "making of" documentary, and there’s also a gallery of still photographs taken on the set by Bridges.
Los Angeles Times
If K-PAX's conclusion is a bit too glib, too pat for what it's trying to do, it's an honorable attempt to create a thoughtful entertainment, and it's got the kind of acting worth visiting from another planet to experience. Kenneth Turan

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
UPC:
0096898914734
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Prot
Jeff Bridges Dr. Mark Powell
Mary McCormack Rachel Powell
Alfre Woodard Claudia Villars
David Patrick Kelly Howie
Saul Williams Ernie
Peter Gerety Sal
Celia Weston Mrs. Archer
Ajay Naidu Dr. Chakraborty
Tracy Vilar Maria
Melanee Murray Bess
Kimberly Scott Joyce Trexler
Brian Howe Steve
Mary Mara Abby
Aaron Paul Michael Powell
William Lucking Sheriff
William Saul Actor
Conchata Ferrell Actor
John Toles-Bey Russell

Technical Credits
Iain Softley Director
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Charles Leavitt Screenwriter
Lloyd Levin Producer
Gordon Pollock Executive Producer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer

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