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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>

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There are very good reasons to be afraid of the dark. 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:

La mitad siniestra 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Australian theatrical release was over a year after the U.S. release, due to the film's poor performance in that country. See more »

Goofs

George Stark, Thad Beaumont's alter ego, was supposed to be from Oxford, Mississippi, which is in Lafayette County. The Mississippi license plate on his car incorrectly said Harrison County, which is on the coast of Mississippi at the opposite end of the state from Oxford. 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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Connections

Featured in Charlie's Story: An Interview With Robert Joy (2017) See more »

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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"We all have something of a beast inside us."
15 January 2012 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

This is one strange, surreal literate piece of psychological horror pulp in the tradition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by film-maker George Romero who adapted it from novelist Stephen King. Thad Beaumont is a successful novelist who decides to literally bury his alter ego George Stark, who he used as a pseudonym for his overly violent pulp novels. This occurs because someone tries to blackmail him. But after putting an end to this alter ego, people are starting to be killed off and these are people who are somehow tied in to seeing George Stark finish up. However the evidence at every murder scene points to Thad and something is happening to him that he hasn't experience for almost twenty years. The sparrows are calling. Underrated work from Romero, which can be atmospheric in its vivid visuals, computer effects are ably done, the jolts are nastily macabre (the graphic climax of when sparrows attack) and the steadfast narrative gradually builds up its dread-filled suspense and stinging matter with precise control. Timothy Hutton plays the dual roles with outstanding ticker. Then there is solid support by Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker and a tiny part for Robert Joy.

"We shouldn't be writing trash."


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