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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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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>

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


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mitad siniestra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,579,068
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

The two babies were identical twins even though one was a female and one was a male. Played by identical twin girls. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sheriff Alan Pangborn: Wait! Wait here!
Liz Beaumont: Ah! Ah! Aargh! Aargh!
Sheriff Alan Pangborn: Liz!
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Are You Lonesome To-night?
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Performed by Elvis Presley
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just okay
24 May 2005 | by brokenrustyflowersSee all my reviews

Sadly a rather bland version of King's sadly rather bland novel. Romero had apparently been slated to direct Pet Semetary before commitments (Monkey Shines) pulled him off - now that would have been worth watching. This on the other hand is a rather tepid slasher flick punctuated with a few inspired moments (the dream sequences and the whole sparrow things in particular). It's hard to know who is a fault here - certainly Dark Half - despite its intriguing premise - is one of King's weaker novels - but Romero's screenplay is little more than a rather one dimensional collection of deaths. There is some suspense and some good effects but overall a rather dull affair.


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