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K-pax

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Change the way you look at the world.

K-pax tells the story of Prot (Kevin Spacey), a mysterious patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a distant planet called K-pax. While his psychiatrist, Doctor Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges), is baffled by this cheerfully confident man, Prot's descriptions of life on a planet 1000 light years away awaken a sense of possibility among the other patients. When Prot says he's going back before the summer ends, all the patients on the ward vie to go with him. As the days before Prot's announced departure from Earth race by, Doctor Powell struggles with questions of science versus faith and wonders about his own ability to distinguish reality from delusion.

Persons of interest

  • Kevin Spacey .... Prot
  • Jeff Bridges .... Doctor Mark Powell
  • Aaron Paul .... Michael Powell
  • Brian Howe .... Doctor Steve Becker
  • Greg Lewis .... Dominick
  • Mary Mara .... Rachel
  • Meira Moet .... Jennifer
  • Mary McCormack
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Saul Williams
  • Gene Brewer .... Author
  • Bryan Goluboff .... Screenwriter
  • Charles Leavitt .... Screenwriter
  • Iain Softley .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

K-: Kay, a word element. Special [from K-tel™].

Pax: paks, n. Roman myth. The goddess of peace.

K-pax: 'kaypaks. 1. planet. 2. a special place where one can find peace.

Prot: proat. protagonist. [Greek protagonistes].

New York: noo yawk. n. an exciting background used to enliven what could be an otherwise dull life.

Mental hospital: 'mentil 'hospitil. n. a place where insane people imprison sane ones.

Story: 'stawree. n. a twisting path with many hidden dangers.

Kevin: 'Kevin. adj. moments of intensity shining through a sky of blandness.

Jeff: jef. adj. like jetsam tossed upon a stormy sea.

Movie: 'moovee. adj. watchable despite being occasionally annoying and sometimes predictable.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Special features:
    • Alternative ending
    • Commentary: Iain Softley
    • Spotlight on location
    • Storyboard to final feature comparison
    • The making of K-pax, pictures by Jeff Bridges
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

115 minutes (1:55 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 28 February 2002
DVD rental: 24 July 2002
VHS rental: 24 July 2002
VHS retail: 4 December 2002
DVD retail: 29 January 2003

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