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When a disgraced former college professor has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking secret about his own life that he has kept secret for 50 years.

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The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. Written by lakeshoreentertainment.com

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How far would you go to escape the past?


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Rated R for language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$113,634 (Japan) (18 June 2004)

Gross:

$705,018 (Japan) (9 July 2004)
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Trivia

The racist white man on the train who berates the porter is played by Allison Davis, a Chicago attorney who is black. See more »

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When Coleman is looking in the dictionary for the definition of the word "Spooks" he turns to nearly the beginning of the book that couldn't possibly be the letter "S" See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Silk: Coleman, you think like a prisoner. You're white as snow and you think like a slave.
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Featured in Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2003) See more »

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I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
(1941)
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (as Paul Webster)
Performed by The Oscar Peterson Trio
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Brilliant!
8 December 2003 | by (15th Row Orchestra) – See all my reviews

'The Human Stain." What an odd name for a film until I found out its derivation. It simply means we leave a mark on everyone whom we encounter in our lifetime. This picture is going to make a BIG mark on you! It's a brilliant screen adaptation of Philip Roth's novel about... If you want to know about the story, please read it somewhere else because my intention behind writing this is to laud the unbelievable acting of Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. Hopkins's outstanding performances are a "given" however even with all the accolades awarded Kidman last year, I was unconvinced. I am a now a believer. Not only is she a gorgeous creation but skilled beyond imagination and if she's not nominated for Best Actress for this movie, I'll be super surprised. From scene one to the last, a viewer is transfixed by one of the most unusual stories to ever hit the silver screen. The picture is a masterpiece and NOT to be missed.


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