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The Human Stain -- Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins (The Rite) and Nicole Kidman (Nine) along with Gary Sinise (TV's CSI: NY) and Ed Harris (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) star in the provocative mystery The Human Stain.
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Writers (WGA):
Philip Roth (novel)
Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 2003 (USA) See more »
How far would you go to escape the past?
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 50 years. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Anthony Hopkins ... Coleman Silk

Nicole Kidman ... Faunia Farley

Ed Harris ... Lester Farley

Gary Sinise ... Nathan Zuckerman

Wentworth Miller ... Young Coleman Silk

Jacinda Barrett ... Steena Paulsson

Harry Lennix ... Mr. Silk

Clark Gregg ... Nelson Primus

Anna Deavere Smith ... Mrs. Silk
Lizan Mitchell ... Ernestine

Kerry Washington ... Ellie
Phyllis Newman ... Iris Silk

Margo Martindale ... Psychologist

Ron Canada ... Herb Keble

Mili Avital ... Young Iris
Danny Blanco Hall ... Walter (as Danny Blanco)

Marie Michel ... Young Ernestine (as Kristen Blevins)

Anne Dudek ... Lisa Silk

Mimi Kuzyk ... Professor Delphine Roux

John Finn ... Louie Borero
Jessica Winterstern ... Student

Jeff Perry ... Tennis Player
Rick Snyder ... Tennis Player
Danny Stone ... Tennis Player
Vito DeFilippo ... Mark Silk

Robert Higden ... Jeff Silk

Vlasta Vrana ... Solly Tabak

Richard Mawe ... Doc Chizner
Tom Rack ... Bobcat
Bill Rowat ... Swift
Richard Russo ... Faculty Committee Member
Andrew Forge ... Faculty Committee Member
Stella Arroyave ... Faculty Committee Member

Jude Beny ... Sally
Peter Cunningham ... Boxer

John Cenatiempo ... Boxer
Frank Proctor ... Announcer
Deano Clavet ... Boxing Coach
Sylvain Doré ... St. Nicholas Referee
Neville Edwards ... Coleman's Cornerman
Phillip Colette Gervais ... Train Conductor
Allison Davis ... Diner on the Train

Charles Woods Gray ... Minister (as Charles W. Gray)
Edward Lafferty ... Rally Protester
Steven Grisé ... Rally Protester
Kim Gandol Ferenczi ... Rally Protester
Terry Haig ... Police Officer #2
Laurent Imbault ... Administrative Officer
Sylvain Landry ... Maitre D
Pierre LeBlanc ... Naval Recruiter (as Pierre Leblanc)
Nwamiko Madden ... Young Man on the Porch
Luc Morissette ... Street Photographer (as Luc Morrissette)
Philip Pretten ... Record Store Manager
Jessica Schulte ... Student
Kate Whitney ... Mrs. Primus
Brea Asher ... Primus' Secretary

Russell Yuen ... Chinese Waiter

Jimmy Chan ... Chinese Restaurant Owner

Lydia Zadel ... Nature Center Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leigh Spofford ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Benton 
Writing credits
Philip Roth (novel)

Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)

Produced by
Ronald M. Bozman .... executive producer (as Ron Bozman)
Marisa Forzano .... associate producer
Steve Hutensky .... executive producer
Eberhard Kayser .... executive producer
Andre Lamal .... executive producer
Gary Lucchesi .... producer
Nan Morales .... line producer: additional photography
Mario Ohoven .... co-producer
Michael Ohoven .... executive producer
Tom Rosenberg .... producer
Rick Schwartz .... executive producer
Scott Steindorff .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
Cinematography by
Jean-Yves Escoffier (director of photography) (as Jean Yves Escoffier)
Film Editing by
Christopher Tellefsen 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Avy Kaufman 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
Art Direction by
Zoe Sakellaropoulo 
Set Decoration by
Claude Leclair (decorator)
Costume Design by
Rita Ryack 
Makeup Department
Wyatt Belton .... hair stylist: Mr. Hopkins
Milton Buras .... hair stylist: Massachusetts
Gillian Chandler .... makeup artist
Barbara Chappell .... contact lens technician: Massachusetts
Caroline Daoud .... contact lens technician
Jerry DeCarlo .... additional hair stylist: Massachusetts (as Jerry Dicarlo)
André Duval .... hair stylist
Véronique Gaudet .... contact lens technician
Tricia Heine .... makeup artist: Massachusetts
Paul LeBlanc .... hairdresser: Mr. Miller & Ms. Barrett
Robert McCann .... makeup artist: Ms. Kidman
Donald Mowat .... makeup artist: Mr. Hopkins (as Donald J. Mowat)
Donald Mowat .... makeup department head (as Donald J. Mowat)
Jacquie Rahal .... hair department head (as Jackie Rahal)
Benjamin Robin .... hair stylist: Gary Sinise
Benjamin Robin .... makeup artist: Gary Sinise
Joe Rossi .... additional makeup artist: Massachusetts
Kerry Warn .... hairdresser: Ms. Kidman (as Kerry Ian Warn)
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Anthony Hopkins for one day (uncredited)
Larysa Chernienko .... extras makeup artist (uncredited)
Christine Larocque .... wig maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Karl Archambault .... unit manager
Kathleen M. Courtney .... production supervisor: additional photography (as Kathleen Courtney)
Kristian Girard .... assistant unit manager
Sandra Joubeaud .... assistant production supervisor
James McQuaide .... post-production supervisor
Tal Meirson .... production supervisor
Cecilia Kate Roque .... unit production manager: Massachusetts (as Cecilia Roque)
François Sylvestre .... unit production manager
Annie T. Tremblay .... assistant unit manager (as Annie Tremblay)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joan G. Bostwick .... second second assistant director: Massachusetts
Ronald M. Bozman .... first assistant director: Massachusetts (as Ron Bozman)
Pedro Gandol .... first assistant director (as Pedro B. Gandol)
Takahide Kawakami .... key second assistant director: Massachusetts
Carl Kouri .... additional third assistant director
Laurence Mercier .... third assistant director
Chris Soldo .... first assistant director: additional photography
Dandy Thibaudeau .... second assistant director (as Dandy Thibodeau)
Anna Ferenczi .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Allison Johnston .... second assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Tanya van Blokland .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Serge Archambault .... head painter
Mario Barriere .... scenic (as Mario Barrière)
David J. Bomba .... production designer: additional photography (as David Bomba)
Walter Byrns .... scenic
Marie Cailhier-Chartrand .... assistant props buyer (as Marie Cailhier Chartrand)
John Capron .... set dresser: Massachusetts
Danica Chipman .... assistant props: Massachusetts
Stephen Craig .... painter
Robert Côté .... assistant property master
Jean Desroches .... scenic
Marie-Soleil Dénommé .... assistant decorator
Jennifer Engel .... set dresser: Massachusetts
Kyra Friedman Curcio .... set decorator: Massachusetts (as Kyra Friedman)
Luc Gagnier .... scenic
Sébastien Gervais .... scenic
Nicolas Godbout .... scenic
Martin Handfield .... property master
Geneviève Kamel .... art department runner (as Geneviève Hamel)
Jean-François Kelahear .... on-set painter
James V. Kent .... lead man: Massachusetts (as Jim Kent)
Marie-Claude L'Heureux .... art department coordinator
Raynald Langelier .... set designer
Jean Larose .... painter
Martin Lasowitz .... property master: Massachusetts
Normand Laveaux .... scenic
Martin Lebrun .... art department runner
Simone Leclerc .... props buyer
Josée Létourneau .... assistant head painter
Jean Morin .... assistant art director
Manon Paiement .... assistant art department coordinator
Lucille Parenteau .... set designer
Gretchen Rau .... key set decorator
Paul Richards .... set dresser: Massachusetts
Ginette Robitaille .... key decorator: Montréal
Peter Rogness .... art director: Massachusetts
Isabelle Rousseau .... painter
Paul François Sampson .... scenic
Frank Sanna .... graphic artist
Jim Schneider .... set dresser: Massachusetts
Debra Schutt .... additional key set decorator
Chris L. Spellman .... set decorator: additional photography (as Chris Spellman)
Robert Topol .... scenic: Massachusetts (as Bob Topol)
Lucie Tremblay .... set designer
M. Tony Trotta .... scenic: Massachusetts (as Tony Trotta)
Ryan Webb .... set dresser: Massachusetts
Élisabeth Williams .... assistant decorator
Michael Zadresny .... assistant props: Massachusetts (as Mike Zadrosny)
Kon Iliov .... gangboss (uncredited)
Richard N. McGuire .... gangboss: inserts (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Allen .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bob Baron .... adr mixer: Paramount, L.A.
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Catherine Bellazzi .... cable person
David Boulton .... adr mixer: Sound One, N.Y.
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Chris Cozens .... auricle operator
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Kelly Doran .... cable person: Massachusetts
Lang Elliott .... special effects recordist
Mick Gormaley .... assistant sound editor
Harry Higgins .... sound recordist
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer: Sound One, N.Y.
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Claude La Haye .... sound mixer
George A. Lara .... foley recordist (as George Lara)
Tony Martinez .... adr editor
Danny Michael .... sound mixer: Massachusetts
Michael Miller .... adr mixer: Pacific Ocean Post
Stanley Oda .... adr mixer: CRC, Chicago
Francis Péloquin .... boom operator
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer: Fox, L.A. (as Charlene Richards)
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator: Massachusetts (as Andy Schmetterling)
Warren Shaw .... supervising sound editor
Robert Spano .... adr mixer: Paramount, L.A.
Tim Sternberg .... special effects recordist
Eric Strausser .... apprentice sound editor
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor (as William Sweeney)
Steven Visscher .... supervising foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Daniel Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Dan Ward)
Suzie Hollander .... dailies synching (uncredited)
David Warzynski .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Éric Hébert .... special effects technician
Pierre 'Bill' Rivard .... special effects coordinator (as Bill Rivard)
Visual Effects by
Marco Aiello .... digital restoration: Technique
Tim Belcher .... digital intermediate producer: Technique
Bob Blanks .... chief technology officer: Technique
Artaya Boonsoong .... visual effects artist: Man Against Moon
Evan Edelist .... executive producer: Technique
Steven Haun .... digital intermediate coordinator: Technique
Alex Hernandez .... imaging technician: Technique
Steve Hodge .... imaging technician: Technique (as Steven Hodge)
Chris Holt .... digital intermediate producer: Technique
Justin Johnson .... visual effects artist: Man Against Moon
Julio Juarez .... system administrator: Technique
Uri Katoni .... editorial: Technique
Brian Kun .... data management: Technique
Christopher Kutcka .... imaging supervisor: Technique (as Chris Kutcka)
LaNelle Mason .... digital restoration: Technique
James McQuaide .... visual effects supervisor
Rob Meyers .... visual effects artist: Man Against Moon
Ian Noe .... visual effects artist: Man Against Moon
Phil Pham .... visual effects artist: Man Against Moon
Joshua Pines .... color management: Technique
Dana Ross .... executive producer: Technique
Payam Shohadai .... visual effects artist: Moon Against Man
Payam Shohadai .... visual effects supervisor: Man Against Moon
Brian Shows .... data management: Technique
Thanapoom Siripopungul .... visual effects artist: Man Against Moon (as Thana Siripopungul)
Fred Springer .... engineer: Technique
Matt Steele .... visual effects artist: Man Against Moon
Howard Thayer .... engineer: Technique
Mike Tosti .... system administration: Technique
Malcolm Turk .... visual effects: title effects and production, Flicker
Raymond Yeung .... color management: Technique
George Zidd .... data management: Technique
Derek Crosby .... visual effects (uncredited)
Chad Dombrova .... visual effects (uncredited)
H Haden Hammond .... visual effects: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Wendy Klein .... visual effects: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Glenn Morris .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jason Scherbert .... digital artist (uncredited)
Daniel E. Zobrist .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Annie Carignan .... stunt double: Faunia
Jason Cavalier .... stunt cop
Jean Frenette .... stunt coordinator
Benoit Gauthier Jr. .... stunt cop (as Benoît Gauthier)
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt double: Coleman
Minor Mustain .... stunt driver
David Rigby .... stunt double: Les
Ron Stein .... fight coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-François Abran .... lighting technician
Robert M. Andres .... first company grip: Massachusetts (as Bob Andres)
Bernard April .... assistant chief lighting technician
Alison Barton .... second company grip: Massachusetts (as Allison Barton)
Woody Bell .... grip: Massachusetts
Carlos Bermudez .... assistant chief lighting technician: Massachusetts
Sylvain Bernier .... chief lighting technician
Jerome Bouchard .... rigging lighting technician (as Jèrome Bouchard)
Eric Boyle .... rigging grip: Massachusetts
Mario Brabant .... rigging grip
Dave Cambria .... lighting technician: Massachusetts
Tony Campenni .... dolly grip: Massachusetts
Russell Carpenter .... director of photography: additional photography
Mark J. Casey .... generator operator: Massachusetts (as Mark Casey)
Daniel Chrétien Jr. .... rigging lighting technician
Robert Cuddy .... lighting technician: Massachusetts
Pierre Daudelin .... rigging lighting technician
Scott D. Davis .... rigging chief lighting technician: Massachusetts (as Scott Davis)
Jean-Maurice de Ernsted .... dolly grip (as Jean-Maurice De Ernsted)
Jean-Yves Denis .... grip
Michael DiIeso .... rigging first company grip: Massachusetts (as Mike DiIeso)
Thomas Dolan .... assistant chief lighting technician: Massachusetts (as Tom Dolan)
Yves Drapeau .... first assistant camera
Tim Driscoll .... rigging second company grip: Massachusetts
Amelie Duceppe .... film loader
Jacques Dupuis .... rigging second company grip
Jean Décarie .... generator operator
William L. Flanagan .... grip: Massachusetts (as Bill Flanagan)
Jake Forster .... rigging grip: Massachusetts
Jay Fortune .... chief lighting technician: Massachusetts
Eames Gagnon .... rigging chief lighting technician
Abbot Genser .... still photographer: Massachusetts
Rémi Giroux .... grip
Stephanie Girard Hamelin .... video assist operator (as Stéphanie Girard-Hamelin)
Dan Hutchinson .... lighting technician: Massachusetts (as Dan Hutchison)
Eric-Robert Joseph .... rigging grip (as Éric-Robert Joseph)
Brendan Keefe .... generator operator: Massachusetts
Tom Keenan .... lighting technician: Massachusetts (as Thomas Keenan)
Geno Kenny .... key grip: additional photography
Eric Komar .... grip: Massachusetts
Robert LaCroix .... grip (as Robert Lacroix)
Denis Lamothe .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Michael J. Latino .... first assistant photographer: Massachusetts (as Mike Latino)
Philip Lee .... camera operator: additional photography (as Phil Lee)
Len Levine .... gaffer: additional photography
Robin McCleod .... rigging grip: Massachusetts
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Jim McConkey .... camera operator
Jack McPhee .... lighting technician: Massachusetts
James R. Mitchell .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician: Massachusetts (as Jim Mitchell)
Brian A. Pitts .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician: Massachusetts (as Brian Pitts)
Gregory Principato .... second assistant photographer: Massachusetts
Charles Proulx .... lighting technician
Michel Périard .... first company grip
Patrick Rainville .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Pierre Rancourt .... rigging chief lighting technician
Philip A. Reilly .... lighting technician: Massachusetts (as Phil Reilly)
David Reinhard .... camera trainee
William Ross .... lighting technician (as William Ted Ross)
Alain Rousseau .... second assistant camera
Mario Roussy .... rigging first company grip
Patrick Ruth .... lighting technician: Massachusetts
Daniel Salk .... video assist operator: Massachusetts (as Danny Salk)
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Michel St. Martin .... grip
Stephane Tanguay .... lighting technician (as Stéphane Tanguay)
Darrell Temple .... grip: Massachusetts
Paul Tremblay .... second company grip
Cristian Trova .... film loader: Massachusetts (as Chris Trova)
Marco Venditto .... lighting technician
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Carla Clarke .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Guy Holt .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark Hryma .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
François Legris .... electrician (uncredited)
Alfonso Maiorana .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Matthew Mebane .... film loader: additional photography (uncredited)
David Uloth .... crane operator (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Julie Breton .... extras casting
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Toronto
Jessica Daniels .... casting assistant
Kevin Fennessy .... extras casting: Massachusetts
Rolando Garcia .... casting production assistant: Massachusetts
Nicole Hilliard-Forde .... casting associate: Toronto
Cindy Morton .... extras casting assistant: Massachusetts
Lucie Robitaille .... casting: Montréal
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting associate (as Jennifer Smth)
Maureen Whalen .... casting associate (as Mauren Whaler)
Bruce Winant .... voice casting: Loopers Unlimited
Megan Wright .... casting assistant
Nathan Adloff .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Kevin Vargus .... casting production assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fabienne April .... wardrobe supervisor
Florence April-Borgeat .... extras dresser
Sophie Beasse .... dresser: Mr. Hopkins (as Sophie Béasse)
Marie Bellemare .... wardrobe technician
Pierre Bergeron .... seamstress
Josée Boisvert .... wardrobe mistress
Richard Brunet .... dresser
Diane Daoust .... wardrobe runner
Jacinthe Demers .... wardrobe mistress
Chantale Di Filippo .... assistant wardrobe (as Chantal Difilipo)
Kendall Errair .... costumer: Ms. Kidman
Louise Eusanio .... extras dresser
Debbie Holbrook .... wardrobe supervisor: Massachusetts
Heather Holbrook .... costumer: Massachusetts
Geneviève Maranda .... seamstress
Aimee McCue .... costumer: Massachusetts
Emma Meloche .... seamstress
Paule-Josée Meunier .... wardrobe runner (as Paule Josée Meunier)
Marie-Hélène Ménard .... wardrobe technician
Margaret Palmer .... key costumer: Massachusetts (as Margaret Leigh Palmer)
Art Reasonover .... head dresser
Carolyn Schnitzer .... costumer: Massachusetts
Raquel Torres .... wardrobe technician
Maria Tortu .... assistant costume designer
Julie Amyot .... additional extras dresser (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kent Blocher .... first assistant editor
Jada Budrick .... coloring assistant: Technique
Winnie Cheng .... post-production coordinator
Tim Gatena .... coloring assistant: Technique
David Heinz .... post-production assistant
Christopher Hills-Wright .... assistant editor: Montréal
Jennifer Hall Lee .... editorial: Technique (as Jennifer Lee)
Mike Mertens .... color consultant: Technique
Stephen Nakamura .... colorist: Technique
Christine Neuss .... cutter
Russ Senzatimore .... apprentice editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Kenn Elliott .... colorist: HDTV dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Chris Dibble .... scoring engineer
John Lenehan .... musician: solo piano
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Rachel Portman .... orchestrator
David Snell .... conductor
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Simon Changer .... score assistant engineer (uncredited)
Lewis Jones .... assistant score mixer (uncredited)
Dave Jewerén Moore .... scoring pro tools engineer (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard P. Abate Jr. .... driver: Massachusetts (as Richard Abate Jr.)
Richard Abate .... driver: Massachusetts (as Richard Abate Sr.)
Robert Albano .... driver: Massachusetts
Denise Avallon .... driver: Massachusetts
Maude Beaunoyer .... assistant picture car coordinator
Michel Boulanger .... driver: Gary Sinise
Eric Brais .... assistant picture car coordinator (as Éric Brais)
Bertrand Calmeau .... office driver
Kevin Chabonier .... driver: Massachusetts
Nicola Corbo .... office driver
John Cronk .... driver: Massachusetts
James C. Donahue .... driver: Massachusetts (as James Donahue)
Robert Dudley .... driver: Massachusetts (as Bob Dudley)
David Duggan .... driver: Massachusetts (as Dave Duggan)
Aleck Duncan .... driver
Gilbert Eartherton .... driver: Massachusetts
Brian Ellis .... driver
Gilles Emond .... driver (as Gilles Émond)
Jimmy Flynn .... transportation coordinator: Massachusetts
John Gendron .... driver
Philippe Gilbert .... driver
Réal Hamel .... picture car coordinator
Johnny Harkala .... driver
David Leblanc .... driver
Robert Martini .... driver: Massachusetts (as Bobby Martini)
Tom Mawyer .... driver: honeywagon, Massachusetts
John McBride .... driver: Massachusetts
Billy O'Brien III .... driver: Massachusetts
William O'Brien .... transportation captain: Massachusetts (as Billy O'Brien)
Mario Presterone .... driver: Massachusetts
Manon Quenneville .... driver
Joe Rogers .... driver: Massachusetts
Joe Rossi .... driver: Massachusetts
Joseph F. Ryan Jr. .... driver: Massachusetts (as Joseph Ryan)
James Sanchez .... transportation captain
Joe Sanchez .... transportation coordinator
Quinlan Sullivan .... driver: Massachusetts (as Quinian Sullivan)
Spiro Tsovras .... driver: Mr. Hopkins
Steven Woloshen .... driver (as Steve Woloshen)
Robert D. Wright .... driver: Massachusetts (as Robert Wright)
Charlie Zed .... driver (as Charles Zed)
Jerome Wheeler .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Ellie Mae Aitken .... assistant: Ms. Kidman
Stuart Allen .... technocrane operator: Massachusetts
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances Inc.
Gulliaume Bard .... receptionist (as Guillaume Bard)
Lynn Beaudin .... assistant location manager
Stephanie Beaudin .... location scout (as Stéphanie Beaudin)
André Beaudry .... production assistant
Maggy Belzile .... accounting clerk
Ariane Benmergui .... receptionist
Bruno Bienvenue .... production assistant
Patricia Birch .... choreographer (as Pat Birch)
Robert Broadhurst .... digital consultant: Massachusetts (as R.J. Broadhurst)
Jean Cardinal .... crow handler
Daniel Charbonneau .... production assistant
Susan Christy .... craft service: Massachusetts (as Sue Christy)
Deb Clapp .... medic: Massachusetts (as Deborah Clapp)
Terry Claybon .... boxing trainer
Steven B. Cohen .... consultant: digital cinema
Marie-Claude Couture .... gin rummy coach
Martin Couture .... production assistant
Alex Curzi .... production assistant
Guy Danella .... location production assistant: Massachusetts
Ross Danielson .... coordinator: Laser Pacific Media
Hannah Davies .... assistant: Rachel Portman
Bridget De Socio .... title designer: Design Firm SocioX
Justin Dittrich .... office assistant: Massachusetts
Adam Ellison .... assistant: Mr. Lucchesi
Meryl Emmerton .... production coordinator: Massachusetts
Carl Emond .... production accountant (as Carl Émond)
Benoit Falardeau .... location scout
Mark Fitzgerald .... location manager: Massachusetts
Chantal Gagné .... accounting clerk
Jocelyne Gagné .... first assistant accountant
Valérie Gagné .... payroll accountant
Marco Gregoire .... production assistant (as Marco Grégoire)
Marjorie Hamel .... script trainee
Sofie Handfield .... production coordinator
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Maral Hassib .... travel coordinator (as Manal Hassib)
Yanick Henrico .... production assistant (as Yannick Henrico)
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Ms. Kidman
Micky Hohl .... film runner: Massachusetts
Alex Hoyt .... balloon technician: Massachusetts
Frédéric Jougla .... production assistant
France Lachapelle .... script supervisor
Dominique Lance .... location scout
Elizabeth Lawrence .... production intern
Elizabeth Lawrence .... set production assistant: Massachusetts
Mélanie Lebrun-Lacouvée .... receptionist
Anne Lockquell .... craft service (as Ann Lockquell)
Marie-France Long .... production secretary
Michel Léonard .... assistant location manager
Benoît Mathieu .... location manager (as Benoit Mathieu)
Kristin Kubiak McConkey .... set production assistant: Massachusetts
Daniel Moise .... remote head technician (as Daniel Moïse)
Wendy Mooradian .... assistant production coordinator: Massachusetts
Chuck Moya .... set production assistant: Massachusetts
Jean-Denis Neveu .... production assistant
Colleen Nybo .... post-production accountant
Ariel Oclarino .... systems administrator: Technique
Emily Palmer .... set production assistant: Massachusetts
Eric Peissard .... production assistant (as Éric Peissard)
Luke Ramsey .... assistant location manager: Massachusetts
Willow Reed .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Annie Rhodes .... assistant: Mr. Bozman
Annie Rhodes .... set production assistant: Massachusetts
Martine Rochette .... location scout
Terry Rowley .... assistant: Mr. Hopkins
Terry Rowley .... stand-in: Mr. Hopkins
Peter Russell .... balloon technician: Massachusetts
Elizabeth Schlater .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Jessica Schulte .... assistant: Mr. Lamal
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances, Inc.
Patti Small .... accountant: Massachusetts
Matt Traulsen .... office assistant: Massachusetts
Mario Trépanier .... medic
Jeff Valeri .... production coordinator: additional photography
Peter Van Steemburg .... office assistant: Massachusetts
Nadia Venesse .... dialect coach
Doug Webster .... set production assistant: Massachusetts (as Douglas Webster)
Henry Wolf .... title designer: Design Firm SocioX
Joe Gagnepain .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tracy Gossett .... assistant to actor (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Frederik Joly .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paula Kucharski .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Michael Landers .... additional voices (uncredited)
Ed O'Keefe .... stand-in: Postal Worker (uncredited)
Scooter Perrotta .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eric Ian Robinson .... assistant: Harvey Weinstein (uncredited)
Anthony Streicher .... assistant: Mr. Lamal (uncredited)
Bernadette Tanchauco .... accountant: re-shoot (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Danny Turgeon .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Marie-Pierre Tétreault .... 24 frame video coordinator (uncredited)
Robert L. Benun .... thanks
Josef Brandmaier .... thanks
Christine Buckley .... thanks
Jean-Yves Escoffier .... dedicatee: in memory of
Lynn Hobensack .... thanks
Virginia Longmuir .... thanks
Renée Mancuso .... thanks (as Renee Mancuso)
Christie Mattull .... thanks (as Christie Matull)
Robert McMinn .... thanks
Anthony Streicher .... thanks
Richard S. Wright .... thanks (as Richard Wright)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and sexuality/nudity
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The mole on the side of Anthony Hopkins' head was added, due to the fact that Wentworth Miller has a mole on the side of his head. Hopkins also wore green contacts to match the color of Miller's eyes.See more »
Continuity: When Steena is dancing for the young Silk, her panties change position between shots.See more »
Young Coleman Silk:Dance For Me.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986)See more »
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92 out of 120 people found the following review useful.
Not without its flaws, but overall a well-done, entertaining film, 7 December 2003

There is something great in that intense, rugged gaze of Sir Anthony Hopkins. Whether it's the deviously psychotic Hannibal Lecter, or the angrily conflicted Richard Nixon, he assimilates that curvaceous, weathered face into whatever character he inhabits. Sure, Hannibal Lecter could use retirement (who wouldn't forget 2000's dreadful Hannibal), but you gotta give credit where credit is due: Hopkins is an astounding, first-rate actor. He can either scare the hell out of you or move you to tears, and though he does neither in director Robert Benton's adaptation of Philip Roth's The Human Stain, it is still a good movie.

The film begins in the late '90's, right in the heat of the Clinton-Lewinsky debacle. Characters in the film talk about it, but it only serves as the springboard for the scandal that occurs in the film. One day in class, professor Coleman Silk (Hopkins) inquires into the habitual absence of two students. "Do they exist, or are they spooks?" he asks. Anyone with knowledge of racial slurs knows that that 'spook' is not only a synonym of 'ghost' but a pejorative term for african-americans. Well, guess what race the students happened to be? Accused of racism, Silk resigns from the college in a violent fury while clinging even deeper to a secret he's hidden for decades (which won't be revealed in this review, even if evey other critic on earth has done so).

We find Silk several month later as he begins a lasting friendship with writer Nathan Zuckerman (Sinise). As the two learn more and more about each other, Silk tells that he's begun an affair witha woman half his age - the rugged, chain-smoking Faunia Farely (Kidman). The movie dives deeper into the secret of Silk's past while his relationship with Faunia deepens past their initial sexual attraction, and Faunia's psychotic, shell-shocked ex-husband, Lester (Harris), eventually enters the picture. Soon, Silk's past, Faunia's tumultuous back story, and Lester's anger head on a dangerous collision course.

There is a huge amount of plot to tackle in Roth's novel and, to a lesser extent, in the film. Screenwriter Nicolas Meyer (Fatal Attraction) has bravely attempted to cram as much of the book into just under two hours of movie while also steadily developing the two prescient themes: race and class. The scandal at the college and the film's numerous flashbacks into Silk's past provide a fine exploration of the race issue, while Coleman and Faunia are obviously a metaphor for the clash of two very different tiers on the socio-economic ladder. Silk is polished, refined, and with expensive tastes. Faunia works part-time jobs as a janitor, a postal employee, and a farmhand. When Silk takes her to a posh restaurant to meet Zuckerman, she storms out in a jealous rage saying, "You can't f**k me without taking me to expensive restaurants." These broad themes, though, aren't even the whole of the film. Faunia's past is tragic, so much that she feels Silk's resignation pales in comparison to her past, and not until Silk's secret is revealed and it all comes together do their own personal tragedies learn to co-exist. To present past and present on top of all of the other plot strands that make their way into the film and have them make sense is quite a task, but The Human Stain seems to pull it off.

It makes sense of its dense plot, but the film as a whole is not without its flaws. A complete adaptation of Roth's novel would yield a 5-hour long movie, or simply be impossible. The movie clocks in at under two hours, and at times, it handles so much that it becomes somewhat vague (especially with the debacle at Silk's college - it is crucial to the film but it fast-tracks through in under ten minutes). There is a ton of plot to swallow in this movie, and at times it seems that it's watered down a bit too much. I would have liked to have seen more on Faunia's ex-husband, Lester, or writer Nathan Zuckerman, who narrates the film but is only used to his potential in the fim's final stretch. Yes, the movie adequately presents scenes from Silk's past to expose his secret, but some of the supporting characters are left dangling in the present. When the movie attempts to elaborate on Faunia's past, it also unfortunately comes across as borderline silly. This could be due to bad direction or shaky writing, but one of Kidman's scenes that finds her weeping about her dead children comes off as awkward, cold, and overdone. Aside from a few shaky scenes, the vagueness of the film's narrative is really saved by fantastic acting all-around.

Which brings me to my next point. Much has been made about the casting in the film, particularly because of how Silk's secret relates to how his 'younger me' should look. Yes, the actor that plays a 20something Silk really does look nothing like Hopkins, but great acting is often the savior of shaky casting, and it does the job here. The real gamble, though, is Kidman. 'Nicole Kidman' and 'dime-store trash' have never really been synonymous, and she must take on a facet of that term in this film. The fact that she's one of the three or four finest actresses of her generation allows her to pull it off surprisingly well. Faunia's ebullient sexuality does take Kidman into Eyes Wide Shut territory for a few moments, but that frank sexuality that Kidman can alternately harness and let loose manages to stay 'Faunia' and not 'Trashy Nicole Kidman doing Alice Harford.' The chemistry between Hopkins and Sinise is one of the pleasures of the film, so much that seeing them giddily dance around to "Cheek to Cheek" seems 'right' in its own way. Ed Harris is only on-screen for a few minutes, but he manages to shine, especially in a key scene with Sinise at the end. Kidman and Hopkins own a great deal of the film, but in a crucial turn of events, Sinise shows what a fine on-screen presence he's become and he brings the movie to a close that becomes surprisingly tender for a film with such heavy thematic material.

I really admired the fact that the movie did try to present so many parts of Roth's novel, and even though it tripped a few times, the overall effect is more than satisfying. There is a lot to get in, and the movie wastes no time. It doesn't ever really feel like it's rushing though, and that's what makes The Human Stain a true pleasure to watch. It deals with issues in society that carry a huge amount of weight with them but manages to stay 'normal' throughout. Now, this may be a flaw in its presentation, but the fact that the movie is simply a movie adds to its watchability. It doesn't strive for head-scratching artfulness or take bizarre leaps into the subconscious. The Human Stain simply presents a good yarn about what a deep secret from the past can do to the present. The movie isn't great by any means, but it's certainly quite good, and definitely worth the time and the money. It may not transfer Roth's novel with 100% perfection, but it certainly succeeds in the sense of almost never losing its momentum and also carrying dramatic importance. The Human Stain is no Mystic River, and it probably won't be remembered in the future, but by God, it's still a pretty good movie. GRADE: B+

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