DVD 106 mins IMDB 6.3 (5,862 votes)
The Human Stain
Lakeshore Entertainment (2003)
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(2004 )
Drama, Romance, Thriller
USA  /  English

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 J. Lennix Mr. Silk (as Harry Lennix)
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 Kebble
Mili Avital Young Iris

Director Robert Benton
Producer Gary Lucchesi; Tom Rosenberg; Scott Steindorff
Writer Philip Roth; Nicholas Meyer
Cinematography Jean-Yves Escoffier
Musician Rachel Portman
User Credit 1 Christopher Tellefsen
User Credit 2 Rita Ryack

For his first film since 1998's Twilight, acclaimed director Robert Benton helmed this tense drama written by Fatal Attraction co-scribe Nicholas Meyer and based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth. Set in the late '90s at the height of the Clinton sex-scandal, The Human Stain stars Anthony Hopkins as Coleman Silk, a respected professor at a New England college who suddenly finds his life unraveling after a comment he makes about some African-American students is misinterpreted as a racial slur. As the scandal heats up, Nathan Zuckerman (Gary Sinise), a writer researching a biography of Silk, begins to dig deeper and deeper into Silk's life. Eventually, matters are made worse when an affair with a young married janitor named Faunia Farley (Nicole Kidman) is exposed. But amid the controversy, Silk must struggle to keep his greatest secret, a secret he's held for the majority of his life, from becoming public. Ed Harris, who previously worked with Benton in 1984's Places in the Heart, also stars. — Matthew Tobey

Edition Details
Barcode 786936238570
Region Region 1
Release Date 7/20/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Language and sexuality/nudity.
User Text 2 How far would you go to escape the past?
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Trivia: To prepare for her role, Nicole Kidman visited women's shelters and talked to former victims of abuse for inspiration. (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: The camera used to tape the interview is a Sony PD-150, a camera that didn't exist in 1998. (more)

Quotes: Mrs. Silk: Coleman, you think like a prisoner. You're white as snow and you think like a slave. (more)

Awards: 1 win & 4 nominations (more)