Up 459 this week

Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (2006)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama  |  4 September 2006 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 113 users  
Reviews: 9 user

The story of the popular situation comedy and its ill fated child stars.


0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 12 titles
created 24 Jan 2013
list image
a list of 1106 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 8 titles
created 1 month ago
list image
a list of 7 titles
created 1 month ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (TV Movie 2006)

Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (TV Movie 2006) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An insider's look at the unfunny side of comedic success on network television.

Director: Jason Ensler
Stars: Melanie Paxson, Bret Anthony, Jud Tylor
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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

Director: Neill Fearnley
Stars: Chris Diamantopoulos, Erinn Hayes, Michelle Harrison
Documentary | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Stars: Kenny Baker, Jeremy Bulloch, Michael Carter
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Four naive young men journey to California in hopes of finding the truth about the infamous Rod Belding of "Saved By The Bell" fame.

Directors: Matt Hamilton, Scott Hamilton
Stars: Drew Bernard, Zac Best, Alexandra Blatchford
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

From its start as an unassuming family comedy in 1987 to its eventual wildly popular 192-episode run, the film centers on the rise of the cast of one of America's most beloved family ... See full summary »

Director: Brian K. Roberts
Stars: Garrett Brawith, Justin Mader, Justin Gaston
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story delves into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny.

Director: Jason Lapeyre
Stars: Sam Kindseth, Dylan Everett, Tiera Skovbye
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Fern Champion, Dave Coulier, Jeff Franklin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Francine McDougall
Stars: Christina Chambers, Tricia Helfer, Lauren Stamile
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Everything you ever wanted to know about the popular teen soap that put teen soaps on the map as well as made the FOX Network what it is today. With personal, exclusive stories from cast and crew, learn why this show broke the mold.

Director: Heather Konkoli
Stars: John Eisendrath, Sandy Grushow, Jessica Klein
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mark Griffiths
Stars: Ashley Alexander, Frank Rose Bailey IV, Brendan Beiser
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: Gabrielle Carteris, Christine Chow, Shannen Doherty
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Ted Haimes
Stars: Alon Williams, Corey Mendell Parker, Catero Colbert


Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Coleman (as Bruce Young)
Sue Coleman
Verda Bridges ...
Kay Plato
Howard Leeds
Dion Mial (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Dana Plato - 17 to 34 years (as Brittney Irvin)
Vic Perillo
Winston Rekert ...
Todd Bridges - 17 to 37 years (as Shedrack Anderson)


As NBC's hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" proves a long-running hit for a network desperately in need of one, its young stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato face all sorts of trouble off-camera. Gary battles with his parents over the management of his salary, Todd runs into trouble with the law countless times, and Dana's career after the show meets with despair and tragedy. Written by Attmay

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

4 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História não Autorizada de Minha Família é uma Bagunça  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In the establishing shot of the NBC offices in Burbank in 1978, a banner with the ad slogan "Proud as a Peacock" can be seen. The network did not use that slogan until 1979. See more »


References Benson (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A very interesting flawed movie.
24 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I can't believe I'm one of the only people who've seen this. I assumed it came out in the states as it was quite fascinating.

It is actually the story of Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. They are interviewed extensively in this movie and are pretty candid. That in itself is worth it to see.

At the beginning it looks like all other "what exactly happened on the set of" movies but changes somewhere in the middle. It begins to take on "How Hollywood screws up kids movie". And a very good blamer at that.

The ending with Gary Coleman is excellent as he tries not to pass the blame anyone. But the movie does it for him. It's a mixed bag when it comes to acting and the script but it shows where things started going very wrong for everybody. Conrad Bain comes out looking bad in this one. And I can see why NBC sent this straight to Asian movie channels (One step below straight to video). They make the network execs look like insensitive unemotional jerks.

Overall it's a very uneven movie and it seems to change it's focus in mid stream. But if you liked Diff'rent Strokes and wanted some reasons how the kids got messed up, it gives a few good explanations why and how nobody helped them. Dana's story is pretty sad. An interesting movie for those who liked the TV show and wanted to see how it went wrong.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Coleman gay? budmann9
Where can I buy this? Melissax1972
BIG GOOF! chris-rose
Dana's Graveside Scene boxturtlelvr-1
How to see this - England russonchris
Cast credits clarkst

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: