The Human Stain

Synopsis: The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (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 a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, 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 unraveled.
Director(s): Robert Benton
Production: Miramax Films
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

You mean to tell me you're

President of the United States

and you're banging some

22 year-old intern in the White House

and you ask her to keep her mouth shut,

and you really think she's gonna do it?

I mean, come on, give me a break!

Clinton. He should count himself lucky

she didn't go straight to Oprah.

Come on, she was overwhelmed by

Starr's team in that hotel room.

No, poor thing.

Eleven guys hitting on her?

- That's a gang-bang.

- Oh, right.

That's why she's talking to Linda Tripp.

She's talking to everybody.

She's part of that whole dopey culture.

Yak yak yak.

Oh, look, if Clinton couldn't

figure Monica Lewinsky,

then he shouldn't

have been president.

That's grounds for

impeachment right there.

- That's true.

- You're right.

I'm telling you,

if he'd just f***ed her.

That's the way you

create loyalty.

- Yeah.

- That's the way.

But you know what Kennedy would

have done to her? Or Nixon?

They would have told her,

Not only are you not gonna work,

you're not gonna work ever again.

And your father's gonna be out of work.

And your mother. And your brother

Everybody in your family is

not gonna make one more thin dime

unless you keep your mouth shut.

Well, but Clinton plays it like a lawyer.

That's why he didn't want to come.

Hey, when he came,

he was finished.


Smoking come.

Nineteen ninety-eight was

the summer of sanctimony.

After the fall of Communism and

before the horrors of terrorism,

there was a brief interlude when

the nation was preoccupied by cocksucking.

This is Coleman Silk, powerful Dean

of Faculty and professor of Classics

at Athena College in western Massachusetts.

Educated at NYU and Oxford

Coleman taught in England before

returning to the U.S. To become

One of the first Jews to teach in

a Classics department anywhere in America.

When he was appointed Dean of Athena,

Coleman took the poulky

sleepy-hollow type college

and dragged it, kicking and screaming,

from mediocrity to excellence.

Of course, in the process,

he made a good many enemies.

Sing, O Gods,

of the wrath of Achilles

And finally, "the persecuting spirit"

caught up with Coleman.

All of European literature springs

from a fight, a barroom brawl, really.

And what was Achilles

so angry about?

Well, he and King Agamemnon

were quarrelling over a woman,

a young girl and her body

and the delights of sexual rapacity.

Achilles, the most hypersensitive

fighting machine

in the history of warfare.

Achilles, who, because of his rage

at having to give up the girl,

isolates himself defiantly

outside the very society

whose protector he is and

whose need of him is enormous.

Achilles, has to give up the girl.

He has to give her back.

And that is how the great imaginative

literature of Europe begins,

and that is why

three thousand years later,

we are going to

begin there today.

Miss Cummings, Tracy Cummings,

can you tell us

Still not here. Okay.

Mr. Thomas, William Thomas.

Is he here?

We're five weeks into the semester

and I haven't even laid eyes on these folks.

Can anyone tell me, do these people exist?

Or are they spooks?

Were you aware, Professor Silk,

that Tracy Cummings and William Thomas

are African-Americans?

How could I be?

I've never seen them.

But you are aware of

the connotation of the word "spook."

Ghost Professor Roux. Ghost.

I was referring to

their ectoplasmic character.

Here is the, uh, first definition

of the word. I quote

Spook, Informal

Ghost, Spectre

But, Dean Silk, let me remind you

of the second definition


I'd never laid eyes on them.

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Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer (born December 24, 1945) is an American writer and director, known for his best-selling novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and for directing the films Time After Time, two of the Star Trek feature film series, and the 1983 television movie The Day After. Meyer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), where he adapted his own novel into a screenplay. He has also been nominated for a Satellite Award, three Emmy Awards, and has won four Saturn Awards. He appeared as himself during the 2017 On Cinema spinoff series The Trial, during which he testified about Star Trek and San Francisco. more…

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