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The Human Stain (2003)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 31, 2003
 UK: 23 Jan 2004
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 20, 2004
 R2: 23 Aug 2004

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and sexuality/nudity.

Running Time
1 hour, 46 minutes

Country USA, Germany, France

Studio Cinerenta-Cineepsilon, Lakeshore Entertainment, Miramax, Stone Village Productions

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• The Human Stain

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Genre: Thriller, Romance, Drama, Suspense, Psychodrama

Tagline: How far would you go to escape the past?

Plot: The story of Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins), a distinguished professor at a prestigious New England college whose professional life is shattered by allegations of racism and whose personal life is infected with the cancer of a lie he has been living for fifty years.

His career and reputation in ruin, Silk begins a dynamic resurrection through two new relationships: one, a friendship with the writer Nathan Zuckerman (Gary Sinise) whom he intrigues with his story, the other a scandalous affair with a young woman (Nicole Kidman).

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 External Reviews
external linkThe title really says it all: Even with a top-notch cast, The Human Stain is only an imprint rather than a cohesive film. Read the novel instead to get the whole picture. 2/4

external linkDespite its flaws, this adaptation is excellent. Gary Sinise steals the show. 90/100
--Jamie Gillies (Apollo Guide)

external linkPoorly structured, badly scripted and terribly miscast drama that bungles its central idea not unwatchable but not far off. 2/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkThankfully this particular stain isn't permanent - try to ignore it and it'll go away. 3/10
--Gary Panton (Movie Gazette)

 Directed by
Robert Benton
Kramer vs. Kramer, Nobody's Fool, Billy Bathgate
 Written by
Philip Roth
Goodbye, Columbus, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Nicholas Meyer
Fatal Attraction, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, The Informant
Anthony Hopkins
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon
Nicole Kidman
Moulin Rouge!, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut
Ed Harris
The Truman Show, The Rock, A Beautiful Mind
Gary Sinise
Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Ransom
Wentworth Miller
Underworld, Dinotopia, Prison Break
Jacinda Barrett
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Ladder 49, Poseidon
Harry J. Lennix
The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Ray
 Music By
Rachel Portman
Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, The Manchurian Candidate

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