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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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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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The film was written by David Misch, who was a writer and story editor on "Mork & Mindy." See more »

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In a scene depicting the first table read for the second season two part premiere episode "Mork in Wonderland," Gina Hecht and Jay Thomas are seen sitting down to read the script with the rest of the cast, but their characters of Jean and Remo DaVinci weren't introduced until the third episode of season two, "Stark Raving Mork." See more »

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Garry Marshall: [to Robin] You. Are going. To have. Your own! SERIES!
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References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

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Robin from Ork...
5 April 2005 | by (anaheim, ca) – See all my reviews

Tolerable tele-pic about the (probably) somewhat forgotten sitcom of the late 70s, early 80s. The title is a bit of a misnomer as this mostly deals with Williams life, leaving co-star Pam Dawber virtually unseen. Right off the bat, I gotta say the guy playing Williams, Chris Diamantopoulos, is a virtuoso. A good example? He's so convincingly annoying as Williams can be at times! His talent with voices and kinetic energy is astounding. Unfortunately at times the film falls into schmaltz as most TV biographies do, such as the unseen, badly dubbed head of ABC. Or the dramatic "intro" of John Belushi who, because he's played by a look-a-like, we don't recognize as anybody! 1995's "The Late Shift", about the Jay Leno/David Letterman debacle handled that area much more deftly with the on-screen graphics of who each person was. Here, you have to be familiar with the story or wait for a corny announcing of a name. But, again, most of this is erased by Diamantopoulos' masterful performance. Which is why I was disappointed that it wasn't a straight Robin Williams bio, which could then delve into life after M&M and his second marriage. But Thanks to Diamantopoulos I have some new zingers to use on friends, such as a knock at his door, to which he replies, "Please take off your clothes and come in"; "A boyfriend? A wonderful alternative to m*sturbation!"; "Now we can reach that balding, over 40, boring, white male demographic". And Daniel Roebuck is becoming a pro at this, having now played Jay Leno, Don Bergman in the "Three's Company" story, and now Garry Marshall. The downside is that this isn't one of those "rush out and get it" movies because who knows when it'll air again. But if you get the chance, give it a try.


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