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Genre  Drama, Romance, Thriller
Adapted from  The Human Stain
Language  English
6.3/10 IMDb

Director  Robert Benton
Cinematography  Jean-Yves Escoffier
Story by  Philip Roth
Country  United StatesGermanyFrance
The Human Stain (film) movie poster
Release date  October 31, 2003
Based on  The Human Stain byPhilip Roth
Writer  Philip Roth (novel), Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)
Cast  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)
Similar movies  The Green Mile, American Gangster, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lolita, Hart's War, Do the Right Thing
Tagline  How far would you go to escape the past?

Anthony hopkins in the human stain

The Human Stain is a 2003 American-German-French drama film directed by Robert Benton. The screenplay by Nicholas Meyer is based on the novel The Human Stain by Philip Roth. The film stars Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.


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In the late 1990s, writer Nathan Zuckerman (Gary Sinise) has settled in a lakeside New England cabin following his second divorce and a battle with prostate cancer. His quiet life is interrupted by Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins), a former dean and professor of classics at local Athena College, who was forced to resign after being accused of making a racist remark in class. Coleman's wife died suddenly following the scandal, and he wants to avenge his loss of career and companion by writing a book about the events with Nathan's assistance.

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The project is placed on the back burner when Coleman has an affair with Faunia Farley (Nicole Kidman), a considerably younger, semi-literate woman who supports herself by working menial jobs, including at the college. Their relationship is threatened by the faculty members who forced Coleman from his job and by Faunia's stalker ex-husband Lester (Ed Harris), a mentally unbalanced Vietnam War veteran who blames her for the deaths of their children in an accident. Flashbacks of Coleman's life reveal to the audience his secret—he is an African American who has "passed" as a white Jewish man for most of his adult life.


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  • Anthony Hopkins as Coleman Silk
  • Nicole Kidman as Faunia Farley
  • Gary Sinise as Nathan Zuckerman
  • Ed Harris as Lester Farley
  • Wentworth Miller as Young Coleman Silk
  • Jacinda Barrett as Steena Paulsson
  • Mimi Kuzyk as Delphine Roux
  • Clark Gregg as Nelson Primus
  • Anna Deavere Smith as Dorothy Silk
  • Phyllis Newman as Iris Silk
  • Mili Avital as Young Iris
  • Harry Lennix as Clarence Silk
  • Tom Rack as Bob Cat
  • Lizan Mitchell as Ernestine Silk
  • Danny Blanco-Hall as Walter Silk
  • Release

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    The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival. It was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Bergen International Film Festival, and the Hollywood Film Festival before its theatrical release in the US.

    Box office

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    The film grossed $5,381,908 in the US and $19,481,896 in foreign markets for a total worldwide box office of $24,863,304 against a budget of $30 million.

    Critical response

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    The Human Stain received mixed reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 41% of 148 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.5 out of 10. The site's consensus is that "Though the acting is fine, the leads are miscast, and the story is less powerful on screen than on the page."

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    In his review in the New York Times, A.O. Scott called it "an honorable B+ term paper of a movie: sober, scrupulous and earnestly respectful of its literary source . . . The filmmakers explicate Mr. Roth's themes with admirable clarity and care and observe his characters with delicate fondness, but they cannot hope to approximate the brilliance and rapacity of his voice, which holds all the novel's disparate elements together. Without the active intervention of Mr. Roth's intelligence . . . the story fails to cohere . . . At its best - which also tends to be at its quietest - The Human Stain allows you both to care about its characters and to think about the larger issues that their lives represent. Its deepest flaw is an inability to link those moments of empathy and insight into a continuous drama, to suggest that the characters' lives keep going when they are not on screen."

    Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times observed, "We have to suspend disbelief over the casting, but that's easier since we can believe the stories of these people. Not many movies probe into matters of identity or adaptation. 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."

    In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle called it "a mediocre movie . . . [that] falls victim to a fatal lack of narrative drive, suspense and drama. Kidman and Hopkins are wrong for their roles, and that, combined with a pervading inevitability, cuts the film off from any sustained vitality. The result is something admirable but lifeless."

    David Stratton of Variety described it as "an intelligent adaptation of Philip Roth's arguably unfilmable novel powered by two eye-catching performances . . . A key problem Benton is unable to avoid is that Hopkins and Miller don't look (or talk) the least bit like one another. Miller, who gives a strong, muted performance, convinces as a light-skinned African-American in a way Hopkins never does, which is not to suggest that the Welsh-born actor doesn't give another intelligent, powerful portrayal. It's just that the believability gap looms large."

    In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers said, "Hopkins and Kidman . . . are both as mesmerizing as they are miscast . . . The Human Stain is heavy going. It's the flashes of dramatic lightning that make it a trip worth taking."

    The Times of London called it "sapping and unbelievable melodrama . . . an unforgivably turgid lecture about political correctness."

  • American Film Institute Award for Best Movies of 2003 (winner)
  • Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (Anna Deavere Smith, winner)
  • Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Smith, winner)
  • Black Reel Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Wentworth Miller, nominee)
  • Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance (Miller, nominee)
  • Music

    The soundtrack to The Human Stain was released September 23, 2003.


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