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

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 April 2005 (USA)
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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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Recurring characters such as Exidor (Robert Donner), Mr. Bickley (Tom Poston) Nelson Flavor (Jim Staahl), Glenda Faye Comstock (Crissy Wilzak Comstock), Miles Sternhagen (Foster Brooks) and Cathy McConnell (Shelley Fabares) are completely omitted. 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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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 Mulligan's Stew (1977) See more »

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Robin's Interesting Story
4 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie on it's premier night out of curiosity and sheer nostalgia. I liked (not loved) "Mork & Mindy" as a kid, mostly for Robin William's zany energetic performance. This movie made me remember why. Was the original show great? Not really, but Robin certainly was. Which brings me to this movie.

I was pleasantly surprised, expecting nothing more than a paint by numbers chronological retelling of the show (which in a way it was). But, of course, the real focus was on Robin. It was interesting to see Robin's journey from struggling street jester to national t.v star, and how such a drastic difference affected him and his long suffering wife. And my hat is off to star Chris Diamantopoulos as he portrayed Mr. Williams with integrity, sensitivity, and heart; not just a cute impression, although it was even dead-on. (On an unrelated note, I noticed that Robin's struggles were in some ways similar to Andy Kaufman, who was under-appreciated by network t.v. and held back creatively, but that's the "Taxi" behind the scenes biopic.)

All in all, this was a very enjoyable flick, in which I felt I got to know a little more of the man behind the Orkan. The acting was solid by all- never melodramatic like I suspected- and the story moved along well. Performances that were particularly good were by those who played Garry Marshall and John Belushi (the scene in which Belushi heckles Robin was a hoot!). Not a great masterpiece by any means (I would have liked to have seen a tad more about Pam Dawber), but definitely watchable, especially for those Robin Williams and "Mork & Mindy" fans out there. Nanoo, nanoo!


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