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The Human Stain|Anthony Hopkins
The Human Stain
Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman
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Overview

Director Robert Benton brings Philip Roth's 2000 novel THE HUMAN STAIN to the screen in this lavish production, with expert cinematography from Jean-Yves Escoffier. Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins) is a light-skinned African-American college professor who has kept his true racial identity secret for the majority of his life. His career comes to a sudden halt when he makes a comment that is misinterpreted as a racial slur. Soon after he is fired, Silk hooks up with young Faunia Farely (Nicole Kidman), a local janitor. The affair with Farely, who is almost half Silk's age, becomes small-town gossip, and attracts the attention of Farely's psychotic ex-husband, Lester (Ed Harris). As Lester seeks vengeance, still angry at his ex-wife, Silk must make some tough decisions about his affair with Farely, leading to the film's nail-biting conclusion. Benton draws incredibly convincing performances from his two lead actors. Hopkins ably transcends his Caucasian ethnicity to play an African American. And Kidman fully embraces her character as a downtrodden janitor who is determined to rise beyond her humble beginnings. The two actors conquer the difficult subject matter, offering fascinating commentary on racial mores and relationship issues.

Awards:

Main Cast & Crew:
Robert Benton - Director
Anthony Hopkins
Nicole Kidman
Ed Harris
Gary Sinise
Wentworth Miller
Jacinda Barrett
Harry Lennix
Clark Gregg
Anna Deavere Smith
Lizan Mitchell

Details

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Amaray Case, Dubbed, AC-3, Dolby, Widescreen)
  • Run Time: 105
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 191329202289
  • Genre: DRAMA
  • Rating: R
  • Release Date: July 2021

Movie Reviews

Notes:
Theatrical Release: October 31, 2003 (NY/LA) Director of Photography Jean-Yves Escoffier died in early 2003 from heart failure. THE HUMAN STAIN was his last film.

Reviews:
"...It's the flashes of dramatic lightning that make it a trip worth taking..." - 10/16/2003 Rolling Stone, p.94


"...The filmmakers explicate Mr. Roth's themes with admirable clarity and care and observe his characters with delicate fondness..." - 10/31/2003 New York Times, p.E1


"...There's a real conviction in these performances..." - 10/31/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C4


"[A]mbitious and fascinating..." - 10/31/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33


"[With] restrained and disciplined playing by Anthony Hopkins and Wentworth Miller..." - 03/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.46


"Both risky and tender." - 09/01/2004 Uncut, p.140

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