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The Human Stain (2003)

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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.

Director:

Robert Benton

Writers:

Philip Roth (novel), Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lizan Mitchell ... Ernestine
Kerry Washington ... Ellie
Phyllis Newman ... Iris Silk
Margo Martindale ... Psychologist
Ron Canada ... Herb Keble
Mili Avital ... Young Iris
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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?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Germany | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cloveski madez See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 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

Ernestine: People are just getting dumber, but more opinionated.
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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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