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The Dark Half (1993)

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A writer's fictional alter-ego wants to take over his life...at any price.



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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$9,579,068 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of Royal Dano. See more »


George Stark, Thad Beaumont's alter ego, was supposed to be from Oxford, Mississippi, which is in Lafayette County. The Mississippi license plate on his car incorrectly said Harrison County, which is on the coast of Mississippi at the opposite end of the state from Oxford. See more »


George Stark: [after slitting the throat of his literary agent, Rick Cowley, with a cut-throat razor] I've decided to change agents. Sorry, Rick - it's a cut throat business.
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User Reviews

Good adaptation from a great book.
26 July 2000 | by (the Benelux countries) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie after i read the book and i have to say pretty much of the book was also in the film, although not all. Some parts with the sparrows for instance weren't in the film, probably because the budget wouldn't allow special effects that elaborate. And the murders, although violent enough in the movie, were particularly more gruesome in the book.

Ultimate conclusion: great acting from top notch actors/actresses who usually are nowhere to be found in horror (if you discount Michael Rooker's performance in "Henry"), pretty good special f/x and direction from a director who has made his mark in horror.

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