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R| 1 hr. 46 min.

Plot Summary
Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins) is a worldly and admired professor who loses his job after unwittingly making a racial slur. To clear his name, Silk writes a book about the events with his friend and colleague Nathan Zuckerman (Gary Sinise), who in the process discovers a dark secret Silk has hidden his whole life. All the while, Silk engages in an affair with Faunia Farley (Nicole Kidman), a younger woman whose tormented past threatens to unravel the layers of deception Silk has constructed.

Cast: Anthony Hopkins , Nicole Kidman , Ed Harris , Gary Sinise , Wentworth Miller , Jacinda Barrett , Harry J. Lennix , Clark Gregg

Director: Robert Benton

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Miramax Films

The Human Stain (2003)

Release Date: October 31st, 2003|1 hr. 46 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Human Stain is heavy going. It's the flashes of dramatic lightning that make it a trip worth taking. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Falls victim to a fatal lack of narrative drive, suspense and drama. Kidman and Hopkins are wrong for their roles, and that, combined with a pervading inevitability, cuts the film off from any sustained vitality. The result is something admirable but lifeless. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's problematic enough that the movie's lead characters are unlikable. But worse is the blackening of The Human Stain with a trite and forced plot, uninteresting digressions and clunky direction. show more

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