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Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 4 April 2005
An inside look at the ABC sitcom which turned Robin Williams into a star in 1978.

Director:

Neill Fearnley (as Neil Fearnley)

Writers:

Andy Dougan (book), David Misch
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Stars: Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Sean Hayes
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Diamantopoulos ... Robin Williams
Erinn Hayes ... Pam Dawber
Michelle Harrison ... Valerie Velardi
Tyler Labine ... John Belushi
David Lewis ... Ira Denmark
David Richmond-Peck ... Harvey Severson
Meredith McGeachie ... Lila Milford
Richard Kahan ... Alan Davis
Daniel Roebuck ... Garry Marshall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwesi Ameyaw ... Cop
Johnathan Brownlee ... Jay Thomas
Peter Bryant ... Detective
Lisa Calder Lisa Calder ... Pretty Fan
Robert Clarke ... Conrad Janis
Brad Dryborough ... Stagehand
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Storyline

It's 1970's Hollywood and a future movie star was on the horizon and looking for his big break. His name is Robin Williams and he's an up and coming comic on the Los Angeles comedy circuit. While on the other end of town, producer Garry Marshall and partner Harvey Severson have developed a new show called Mork & Mindy, that's a spinoff to their previous hit show "Happy Days". It's in their meeting with Williams that they have found the ideal actor to play Mork. But as the show slowly turns into a hit, the story of what happened behind the camera unfolds as a young comic is suddenly handed everything he ever wanted very quickly, which affected his personal life as well as those in it. Set against the backdrop of Mork & Mindy, this is a story about a show's rise to number one, it's struggles on the production, and the rising star of Robin Williams. Written by mystic80

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História não Autorizada de Mork e Mindy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Harvey Severson is based on series director Howard Storm. See more »

Goofs

In a scene set in 1982, Pam Dawber is shown to already be in a relationship with Mark Harmon. Dawber and Harmon, who married in 1987, didn't meet until 1985 when Gina Hecht introduced them to each other. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Severson: Wait a second, you're not going to ask me to write for them?
Garry Marshall: No, no, no, Harvey, friends, don't ask friends to write for Laverne and Shirley.
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References Quark (1977) See more »

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Typical "Going Hollywood" Movie
5 April 2005 | by mgconlanSee all my reviews

In the 1920's they called it "going Hollywood" — talented but naïve kid from the sticks gets a big movie deal, becomes an overnight sensation, gets big-headed, blows his money on alcohol (an illegal substance in the U.S. back then) and sex, then either dies young or pulls himself together, gives up the booze and returns to the woman who loved him before he became famous. In 1933 Raoul Walsh directed a film with that title, starring Bing Crosby and Marion Davies, and "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork and Mindy'" could almost be considered a remake. It takes the known facts of Robin Williams' early success and presses them into the familiar cliché mold, with cocaine instead of alcohol and John Belushi as a sort of Mephistopheles to Williams' Faust. Best things here are Chris Diamantopoulos' eerily exact reproduction of the early Robin Williams and some bits of felicitous creativity in the writing (especially when Diamantopoulos as Williams encounters a busker doing him doing Williams and gives him $100).


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