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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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Valerie Velardi
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Harvey Severson
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Lila Milford
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Alan Davis
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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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Comedy | Drama

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4 April 2005 (USA)  »

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A História não Autorizada de Mork e Mindy  »

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Trivia

In Marley Brant's 2006 book "Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms 1974-1984," Robin Williams revealed that he didn't watch the movie, joking, "If they're going to make a bad movie about your life, you should wait for the Cartoon Network version." See more »

Goofs

The show takes place in the late-'70s and early-'80s, but Robin throws a series 1996 $100 bill in the hat of the panhandler doing an imitation of him. See more »

Quotes

John Byner: [just before storming off set] I can't do this. This is a career killer.
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References M*A*S*H (1972) See more »

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The best impersonation of Robin Williams I have ever seen
5 April 2005 | by (Tulsa, OK) – See all my reviews

I just want to say that Chris Diamantopoulos's role as Williams for that entire show, was Emmy worthy. It was uncanny how well he did. And to be as rapid-fire and as random and as creative as Robin Williams really is....WOW. There were scenes where Diamantopoulos had to say probably 20 rapid fire lines and do 15 different characters while delivering those lines, all while sounds as much like ROBIN WILLIAMS doing those characters.....well, that my friends is impressive acting. Its one thing to do a Robin Williams impersonation for a couple of minutes. Its another to do it for a whole TV movie.

I don't know how I felt about the whole show, and I don't know how much they played with the facts, but I do know that it was Chris Diamantopoulos that kept me watching. So for that, I give HIM a 10.


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