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

An inside look at the ABC sitcom which turned Robin Williams into a star in 1978.

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3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Valerie Velardi
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Harvey Severson
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Lila Milford
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Alan Davis
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Jay Thomas
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Conrad Janis
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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

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TV-14
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4 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História não Autorizada de Mork e Mindy  »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of Lila Milford is based on series writer April Kelly. See more »

Goofs

Upon being temporarily written out of the series after the 1978 - 1979 season, it was established Fred sold the music store and went on the road as a classical conductor with Cora tagging along. There are several post-1979 scenes where the music store set is visible in the background and scenes filmed on it. See more »

Quotes

Garry Marshall: [forced to fire Conrad Janis and Elizabeht Kerr] What can I do? It's their network...
Elizabeth Kerr: They are such wieners!
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Connections

References Mork & Mindy: Mork vs. the Necrotons: Part 2 (1979) See more »

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For NBC, this is as good as it gets
5 April 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Much like Robin Williams being the main headliner for Mork and Mindy, Chris Diamantopoulos is amazing as a young / out of control Robin Williams in this decent made for television movie. Although this is a movie dealing with cocaine, NBC manages to only show the drug for about 10 seconds in this 90 minute movie. Daniel Roebuck is OK as Gary Marshall. Since his portrayal of Jay Leno in HBO's Late Shift, it's hard to see him in any other role. Although a strong character actor like Chris Diamantopoulos, he manages to give a good enough performance. Even though the Gary Marshall story is woven into the Robin Williams story, it is Robin's story that keeps the audience watching. Some interesting moments throughout the movie, you are unable to turn the television off until the end credits.


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