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

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
George A. Romero (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 April 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »
Plot:
A writer's fictional alter-ego wants to take over his life...at any price. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
You'll like this one, Hoss See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Hutton ... Thad Beaumont / George Stark

Amy Madigan ... Liz Beaumont

Michael Rooker ... Sheriff Alan Pangborn

Julie Harris ... Reggie Delesseps

Robert Joy ... Fred Clawson
Kent Broadhurst ... Mike Donaldson

Beth Grant ... Shayla Beaumont

Rutanya Alda ... Miriam Cowley

Tom Mardirosian ... Rick Cowley
Larry John Meyers ... Dr. Pritchard
Patrick Brannan ... Young Thad Beaumont

Royal Dano ... Digger Holt
Glenn Colerider ... Homer Gamache
Sarah Parker ... Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
Elizabeth Parker ... Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont

John Ponzio ... Todd Pangborn

Chelsea Field ... Annie Pangborn
William Cameron ... Officer Hamilton
Rohn Thomas ... Dr. Albertson
Molly Renfroe ... Hilary

Judy Grafe ... Head Nurse
John Machione ... Male Nurse

Erik Jensen ... Male Student
Christine Forrest ... Trudy Wiggins
Nardi Novak ... Pangborn's Receptionist
Zachary Mott ... Norris Ridgewick
David W. Butler ... Trooper #1
Curt DeBor ... Trooper #2
Drinda Lalumia ... Dodie
Lamont Arnold ... NYC Cop #1
Lee Hayes ... NYC Cop #2
Jack Skelly ... Man in the Hallway
Marc Field ... Donaldson Cop #1
Rik Billock ... Donaldson Cop #2
Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Officer #1
David Early ... Officer #2

Jeff Monahan ... Wes
Jeff Howell ... Dave
Melissa Papp ... Rosalie
J. Michael Hunter ... Garrison
Therese Courtney ... Receptionist
Marty Roppelt ... Young Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Donna Lynne Champlin ... Babysitter (uncredited)

George Cameron Romero ... Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen King (novel "The Dark Half")

George A. Romero (screenplay)

Produced by
Declan Baldwin .... producer
Christine Forrest .... associate producer (as Christine Romero)
George A. Romero .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts 
 
Film Editing by
Pasquale Buba 
 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
 
Production Design by
Cletus Anderson 
 
Art Direction by
James C. Feng 
 
Set Decoration by
Brian J. Stonestreet 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Anderson 
 
Makeup Department
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects supervisor
Jeannee Josefczyk .... makeup artist
Louis Kiss .... special makeup effects artist
Christopher P. Martin .... animatronics
Larry Odien .... special makeup effects artist
Carol Paulick .... makeup artist
Jeffrey A. Rubis .... assistant hair stylist (as Jeff Rubis)
Jeffrey A. Rubis .... assistant makeup artist (as Jeff Rubis)
John Vulich .... special makeup effects supervisor
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Declan Baldwin .... unit production manager
C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo .... post-production supervisor
Janice F. Sperling .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Dubensky .... second unit director
Nicholas Mastandrea .... first assistant director (as Nicholas C. Mastandrea)
Lorin Prince .... dga trainee
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... second assistant director (as Drew Rosenberg)
 
Art Department
Mia Boccella .... set dresser
Vincent Borrelli .... scenic artist
Paul Bucciarelli .... scenic artist
Robert Buncher .... carpenter
David Eckert .... set designer
Chris Ferrence .... carpenter
Daniel Fisher .... set dresser
Eileen Garrigan .... charge scenic
Marty Garrigan .... assistant property master
Thomas J. Garrigan .... scenic artist
Megan Graham .... set dresser
Smith Harper Hutchings .... set dresser
Jane Hyland .... set dresser
Jane Hyland .... set dresser: Jane Hyland
Gregory Jones .... lead set dresser
Kenneth J. Kellers .... carpenter
Gary Levinson .... property master
Mary O'Brien .... scenic artist
Jan Pascale .... buyer
Paula Payne .... stand-by scenic
Brent Peelor .... carpenter
Ralph Roger Pivirotto .... set dresser
Gregory Puchalski .... sign painter
Michael G. Richer .... gang boss
Sonja Roth .... set dresser
Beth A. Rubino .... set dresser
Andrew Sands .... art department coordinator
Maurin L. Scarlata .... set dresser
Aaron Skalka .... carpenter
Louis P. Taylor .... construction coordinator
Barbara E. Thompson .... set dresser
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Odin Benitez .... sound effects coordinator
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Gaston Biraben .... sound editor
Jim Bryan .... sound effects editor
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill J. DiDonna .... boom operator (as Bill DiDonna)
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor
Eric Lindemann .... supervising sound editor (as Eric W. Lindemann)
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
John Sutton .... sound mixer
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ed Fountain .... special effects consultant
Nikolai Galitzine .... special effects technician
Linda Harvey .... special effects assistant
Linda Harvey .... special effects carpenter
Carl Horner .... special effects supervisor
Kristina M. Horner .... special effects coordinator
Kevin McTurk .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
David Emerson .... optical supervisor: VCE
Paul Gentry .... live action motion control operator
Brian Griffin .... optical line-up
Rick Hannigan .... optical camera
Peter Kuran .... special visual effects producer
Kevin Kutchaver .... visual effects supervisor
Al Magliochetti .... visual effects
Pam Vick .... rotoscope animation: VCE
 
Stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts (as Donald Hewitt)
Peter Hock .... stunts
Cynthia Neilson .... stunts
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Michael C. Russo)
Gregg Smrz .... stunts (as Greg Smrz)
James Thompson .... stunts (as Jim Thompson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Savas Alatis .... assistant camera: second unit
Stephen Brock .... chief rigging electrician
Richard S. Crumrine Jr. .... loader (as Rick Crumrine)
Bart Flaherty .... grip
Scott Hillman .... best boy grip
John Janusek .... key grip
Luke Latino .... first assistant camera
Michael Leonard .... assistant Steadicam operator
Michael Levine .... camera operator
Chris Lugar .... electrician
Frank McGough .... set lighting technician
John S. Moyer .... grip (as John 'Buzz' Moyer)
Carol A. Ogihara .... second assistant camera (as Carol Ogihara)
Ethan Phillips .... electrician
Marc Rogers .... gaffer
John Alan Roush .... electric (as John Roush)
Kyle Rudolph .... steadicam operator
Jon Sharpe .... process photographer
Richard M. Sieg .... dolly grip (as Richard Sieg)
Michael Alan Spiller .... additional camera operator (as Michael Spiller)
Michael Alan Spiller .... director of photography: second unit (as Michael Spiller)
Derrick Tseng .... best boy
Jeffery J. Tufano .... camera operator: second unit
Lynne Warberg .... still photographer
Joey Wrubleski .... grip
 
Casting Department
Donna M. Belajac .... casting: Pittsburgh
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Nancy Mosser .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melinda Eshelman .... wardrobe assistant (as Mindy Eshelman)
Nancy A. Palmatier .... wardrobe supervisor (as Nancy Palmatier)
 
Editorial Department
Ray Boniker .... first assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Marjorie Kaye .... post-production assistant
Keith Parrish .... color timer
 
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Peter Fuchs .... score recordist
John La Salandra .... music editor
Paul Talkington .... orchestra manager
Eric Tomlinson .... music recording engineer
E. Gedney Webb .... assistant music editor
Allan Wilson .... conductor
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Mark Zimoski .... musician: synthesizers
 
Transportation Department
Tom Costello .... picture car wrangler
Edward J. France .... teamster captain (as Eddie France)
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Jessica Abrams .... assistant production coordinator
Ursula Brauner .... animal trainer
Kelly Bromage .... stand-in
Linda Carola .... production assistant
Fernando Celis .... bird trainer
Rick Clark .... stand-in
Robin Cousart .... production auditor
Fred 'Fredo' Donatelli .... production assistant
James Ellis .... script supervisor
Paul Giorgi .... stage manager
Barry Gutterman .... production attorney
Mark Harden .... animal coordinator
Mark Harden .... bird coordinator
Mark Harden .... lead animal trainer
Brian Hartman .... locations
Richard Hawley .... consulting producer
Andrew Herrle .... stand-in
Nicholas Herrle .... stand-in
Scott Hornbacher .... location supervisor
Jessica Johnston .... stand-in
Mitch Kreindel .... unit publicist
Lisa Kruczek .... assistant accountant
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Mary Ann Marino .... production coordinator: re-shoot
Bill McCue .... stand-in
Corinna Ott .... assistant location supervisor
Steve Parys .... production assistant
Bob Pomeroy .... production assistant
Dawn Murphy Riley .... production assistant
Tom Rough .... stand-in
Traci Rough .... stand-in
Ann Ruark .... production coordinator
David D. Scott .... production assistant
Jon Sharpe .... film projectionist
Scott Small .... stand-in
Neal Thompson .... main title design
Jesse Warnick .... stand-in
 
Thanks
John Amplas .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Villain George Stark's name is a homage to infamous serial killer Charles Starkweather.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Toronado, a luxury car, was never offered with a 4-speed manual.See more »
Quotes:
George Stark:You are disturbing the peaceful mood I'm in. You are disturbing the peaceful frame of mind I'm in. You are disturbing my peaceful frame of mind.See more »
Soundtrack:
Are You Lonesome To-night?See more »

FAQ

Does Stephen King have a cameo appearance in "The Dark Half"?
Any recommendations for other films that deal with a Doppelgänger?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
You'll like this one, Hoss, 15 October 2000
Author: Shecky J. O'Pootertoot (guido@supercity.ns.ca) from Nova Scotia, Canada

The Dark Half is great. Put two of the masters of horror together in a box, shake ‘em up, and you get this very entertaining and darkly humorous story. Can you believe this is the latest film from George Romero? 1993? It's a crime that this man isn't doing movies on a regular basis anymore. I hear he has a couple of projects on the horizon, but seven years is just too long, George! Stephen King movie adaptions can be pretty damn good, or really, really awful depending on who's behind the camera. Well, no worries here, King and Romero have had a great working relationship in the past (and I expect good things in the future).

But give credit where credit is due, it's Timothy Hutton's outstanding performance that really makes this film special for me. He's good enough as ordinary Thad Beaumont, with just a hint of evil underneath his nice husband and father persona, holding back the nasty as best he can. Then Hutton is George Stark, and he doesn't even look like the same person. That's why Hutton is so damn good. With just a few minor changes, slicked-back hair and some facial stubble, he's a completely different person. You have to see it to believe it, he's that good. And he delivers the films darkly humorous lines perfectly ("What's going on out here?", "Murder. Want some?"). I know, the murderous joker has been done to death, but Hutton's good enough that we can forgive it. I love, love, love horror movies and this is one of the reasons why. 8/10 stars. G'night!

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