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The Dark Half (1993)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thad Beaumont / George Stark
Liz Beaumont
Reggie Delesseps
Kent Broadhurst ...
Mike Donaldson
Shayla Beaumont
Miriam Cowley
Rick Cowley
Larry John Meyers ...
Dr. Pritchard
Patrick Brannan ...
Young Thad Beaumont
Digger Holt
Glenn Colerider ...
Homer Gamache
Sarah Parker ...
Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
Elizabeth Parker ...
Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont


When Thad Beaumont was a child, he had an operation to remove a tumour from his brain. during the operation, it was discovered that far from being a tumor, the growth was a twin brother of Thad's that never developed. Years later, Thad is a successful author, writing his serious books under his own name, and his pulp money-makers under the pseudonum "George Stark". When blackmailed by someone who has discovered his secret, Thad publically "buries" George Stark. From that point on, Thad increasingly becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mitad siniestra  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$9,579,068 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The original novel mentions a character, who's never seen, by the name of Wilma who's catchphrase is "Just call me Billy." This is a clear reference to the character of Wilma in The Crate, a short story by Stephen King that was adapted by King as a segment of Creepshow (1982) also directed by George A. Romero. See more »


Near the end, when George Stark is holding Thad's twins his gun is a Colt 1911 (as he's had throughout the movie). When Thad moves closer, the gun changes to a Beretta 92FS. After Thad takes one of the twins, George's gun is again a 1911 when he tucks it in his waistband. See more »


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just okay
24 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sadly a rather bland version of King's sadly rather bland novel. Romero had apparently been slated to direct Pet Semetary before commitments (Monkey Shines) pulled him off - now that would have been worth watching. This on the other hand is a rather tepid slasher flick punctuated with a few inspired moments (the dream sequences and the whole sparrow things in particular). It's hard to know who is a fault here - certainly Dark Half - despite its intriguing premise - is one of King's weaker novels - but Romero's screenplay is little more than a rather one dimensional collection of deaths. There is some suspense and some good effects but overall a rather dull affair.

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