• The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain

Release Date: October 31st, 2003

DVD Release Date: July 20th, 2004

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 Lennix, Clark Gregg

Director: Robert Benton

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax Films, Stone Village Productions, Lakeshore Entertainment

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Melodramatic, 1990s, Transformation, Wife, Small town, Brooding, Fall, Passionate, Husband, Forbidden love, Mystery

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The book presented several special, perhaps even insuperable, problems for adaptation to the screen, and the movie, which was directed by Robert Benton from a screenplay by Nicholas Meyer, hasn't solved them.

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The thriller aspects of the story and the overall solid level of acting -- including a sexy performance from a red-hot Nicole Kidman -- keep the audience interested but never fully emotionally involved. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The sequences with the melancholy Faunia are monochromatic and those with Lester perfunctory. Benton too neatly -- and too hastily -- wraps up a story that would surely exert more power if it were messy and unrushed. show more

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