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The Dark Half (1993) Poster

(1993)

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The Dark Half was the last novel Stephen King wrote before becoming completely sober. His addiction, and his desire to go sober, are reflected in the book's themes of dual personalities.
According to Stephen King, the story of this film was part autobiographical, as it was inspired by the events that led to him revealing his own writing pseudonym of "Richard Bachman".
In the prologue of this Stephen King adaptation, Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) wants to become a writer, and is shown writing stories. The title of his first typewritten story is "Here There Be Tygers", which is also the real title of the first short story King wrote in his career. The story can be found in King's "Skeleton Crew" anthology.
According to Writer and Director George A. Romero, Timothy Hutton was quite difficult to work with at times. Hutton even quit the film for a few days during the production.
Shot in 1991, but not released until 1993, due to Orion Pictures' financial problems.
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Final film of Royal Dano.
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The original novel mentions a character, who's never seen, by the name of Wilma, whose catchphrase is "Just call me Billy". This is a 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.
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In total, four thousand five hundred Cut Throat Finches were used for the sparrows in the film. The birds would consume one hundred pounds of birdseed, and fifteen gallons of water on a daily basis during the production.
For its release in Germany, the film was re-titled "Stark".
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All of the shooting locations for the film were around the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. They were chosen for their close location to George A. Romero's house in Pittsburgh.
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George Stark is named for Richard Stark, the pseudonym of Donald E. Westlake. He was also the source of the first name Richard in Stephen King's pseudonym, Richard Bachman.
The film's release was delayed for two years by bankruptcy problems with Orion Pictures.
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The characters of Sheriff Alan Pangborn and Deputy Norris Ridgewick appeared later the same year in Needful Things (1993), played by Ed Harris and Ray McKinnon, respectively. Harris is also Amy Madigan's husband in real-life.
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The car George Stark is driving, is a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado.
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Movie tie-in adventure game, also called The Dark Half, was released for MS-DOS in 1992. It loosely follows the plot of the movie, and resembles Lucas Arts and Sierra's early adventure games. The game immediately fell into obscurity, and is now a collector's item among King's and adventure games fans.
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John Hurt and Michael Gough were considered for major cameos.
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Different artwork was created for the Australian print ads. The image featured an illustration of Thad Beaumont. One half of his face was that of Timothy Hutton, while the other half was a heavily-stylized version of evil alter ego George Stark. A shiny straight razor was in the center, splitting the image.
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The Australian theatrical release was over a year after the U.S. release, due to the film's poor performance in that country.
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Approximately two thousand finches were released into the sets of the Beaumont house, for the shooting of the film's finale.
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Timothy Hutton's first role in a Stephen King adaptation. He would later co-star in Secret Window (2004) alongside Johnny Depp.
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35mm prints are six reels.
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