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The human stain - Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Gary Sinise, Robert Benton

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How far would you go to escape the past?

The story of Coleman Silk (Anthony 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 troubled young janitor Faunia Farley (Nicole Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman (Gary Sinise), 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 unravelled.

Persons of interest

  • Anthony Hopkins .... Coleman Silk
  • Nicole Kidman .... Faunia Farley
  • Ed Harris .... Lester Farley
  • Gary Sinise .... Nathan Zuckerman
  • Ron Canada .... Herb Kebble
  • Anne Dudek .... Lisa Silk
  • John Finn .... Louie Borero
  • Charles W Gray .... The Minister
  • Mimi Kuzyk .... Professor Delphine Roux
  • Kerry Washington .... Ellie
  • Philip Roth .... Author
  • Nicholas Meyer .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Benton .... Director

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  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Hollywood Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards 2004: Nominated: Best Contemporary Make-up - Feature (Donald Mowat, Robert McCann, Gillian Chandler)
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Theatrical report

The human stain is a bit slow, even for this kind of drama. I wonder at the casting, even though Nicole Kidman does manage to dress down to white trash very well. It's amazing what a bad haircut will do for a girl. Anthony Hopkins is the least secretly African-American dude I can think of. Sheesh.

It's nice to see some hard-core self-racism, though, isn't it? I mean, if you don't hate yourself, who will?

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.35:1)
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Behind-the-scenes
    • Featurettes: Jean Yves Escoffier tribute
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, English closed captions

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

106 minutes (1:46 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 4 March 2004
DVD rental: 25 August 2004
VHS rental: 25 August 2004
DVD retail: 12 January 2005

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