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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.

Director:

George A. Romero

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), George A. Romero (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Larry John Meyers ... Dr. Pritchard
Patrick Brannan Patrick Brannan ... Young Thad Beaumont
Royal Dano ... Digger Holt
Glenn Colerider Glenn Colerider ... Homer Gamache
Sarah Parker Sarah Parker ... Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
Elizabeth Parker Elizabeth Parker ... Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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George Stark. Not a very nice guy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Half See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,250,883, 25 April 1993

Gross USA:

$10,611,160

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,611,160
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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". See more »

Goofs

Thad underlines the letter S twice on the chalkboard, but in subsequent shots there are more underlines. See more »

Quotes

Thad Beaumont: Sounds like the police have been in touch.
Reggie Delesseps: They wanted me to confirm that you were a man of good character. I lied and told them that you were.
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Soundtracks

Are You Lonesome To-night?
By Roy Turk & Lou Handman
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Fairly good for coming out in the early 90's.
31 July 2004 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

The diabolical alliance of George A. Romero and Stephen King quietly delivered expectations but it's not certainly a great horror film.

"The Dark Half" is pretty interesting and well directed but it's something you've seen before. There's a decent amount of gore, suspense is well crafted, an effective score and regular acting. Maybe the fact that I grew with the 80's Slasher movies made me think every minute about "Basket Case" and compare it with "The Dark Half".

A decent horror movie with a thrilling ending. Deserves a watch.

6/10.


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