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

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Most movie characters are like Greek gods and comic book heroes: We learn their roles and powers at the beginning of the story, and they never change. Here are complex, troubled, flawed people, brave enough to breathe deeply and take one more risk with their lives. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    The Human Stain has those qualities we often want but rarely see in our films: intelligence and ambition, decency and humanity, poetry and pity, fire and ice. Watch it and weep. show more

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