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The Dark Half (1993) Poster

(1993)

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The Dark Half was the last novel 'Stephen King (I)' wrote before going totally sober. His addiction and his desire to go sober are reflected in the book's themes of dual personalities.
George Stark is named for Richard Stark, the pseudonym of Donald Westlake. He was also the source of the first name Richard in Stephen King's pseudonym, Richard Bachman.
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In the prologue of this Stephen King adaptation, Thad Beaumont 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.
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According to director George A. Romero star Timothy Hutton was quite difficult to work with at times, Hutton even quit the film for a few days during the production.
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Final film of Royal Dano.
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According to author 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'.
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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 also directed by George Romero.
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In total 4,500 Cut Throat Finches were used for the sparrows in the film. The birds would consume 100 pounds of birdseed and 15 gallons of water on a daily basis during the production.
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Villain George Stark's name is a homage to infamous serial killer Charles Starkweather.
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The film's release was delayed for two years by bankruptcy problems with the films distribution company.
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John Hurt and 'Michael Gough' were considered for major cameos.
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Approximately 2,000 finches were released into the sets of the Beaumont house for the shooting of the films finale.
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Shot in 1991, not released until 1993.
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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, PA area. They were chosen for their close location to director 'George A. Romero''s home in Pittsburgh.
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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 a year after the US release, due to the film's poor performance in that country.
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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. Harris is also Amy Madigan's husband in real life.
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