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The Human Stain (2003)

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

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Cast

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Storyline

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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31 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Cloveski madez  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$839,170 (France), 31 October 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,034,195, 2 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,381,227, 1 February 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,863,804
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second collaboration between Nicole Kidman and Director Robert Benton, the first being Billy Bathgate (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Coleman first gives Faunia a ride to her place, it is raining outside. When he gets out of the car to go inside, the entire windshield is dry and clean as a whistle, even the area that is outside the reach of the wipers. See more »

Quotes

Faunia Farley: [dancing provocatively] You're way too young for me. I need a man much older than you. At least 100. Know anyone in a wheelchair?
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Connections

References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Honeysuckle Rose
(1929)
Music by Fats Waller (as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Performed by Jess Stacy
Courtesy of Soundies Inc.
By Arrangement with De Pugh Music
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Totally wrong casting!!!

I love Roth's novel. I love Nicole Kidman. Above all I love Anthony Hopkins... and I think that both actors did a very good job indeed... But the casting of this film is absolutely wrong!

1)sir Hopkins: He's one of the greatest actors of our time, but this fair-skinned, blue-eyed gentleman with a charming Welsh accent is pretty unbelievable as an afro-American from New Jersey...maybe I haven't much imagination but I simply can't figure him as Coleman! Plus, there's very little resemblance with the guy who plays the young Coleman.

2)miss Kidman: You need the greatest suspension of disbelief to watch Nicole playing this sort of white trash, outcast janitor...

3)Gary Sinise: TOO YOUNG. Nathan Zuckerman is meant to be in his 70s, Sinise is in his 40s and the age gap with Coleman is too wide. In this way the very poetic "Cheek to cheek" scene lost much of his meaning. Read that scene in the book and you'll understand what I'm saying!

Only Ed Harris seems to fit better.

Just my two cents!


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