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

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 4 September 2006
The story of the popular situation comedy and its ill fated child stars.

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Willie Coleman (as Bruce Young)
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Sue Coleman
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Kay Plato
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Howard Leeds
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Dion Mial (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
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Dana Plato - 17 to 34 years (as Brittney Irvin)
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Vic Perillo
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Todd Bridges - 17 to 37 years (as Shedrack Anderson)
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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

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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 »

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References Diff'rent Strokes: Movin' In (1978) See more »

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A Sad End To the Laughter
4 September 2006 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

Gary Coleman Todd Bridges and Dana Plato entertained America for nearly a decade. This Made for TV movie focuses on Gary Coleman, but there is some attention to the personal lives of his co-stars.

You can't trust anyone in this business, says Gary's agent.

Where does the show end and reality begin? Gary Coleman played a cute little boy well into teenage years. Yet he at a young age became an institution which was greater than himself with his parents raking in the profits through a corporation set up allegedly to maximize the receipts.

How do you end the show? The end which comes proved to be a tragic lesson for Gary and for Todd Bridges. Ripped off by his parents, Gary had to take them to the courts for redress. Dana Plato died of a drug overdose.

I disagree with others who felt the acting poor. The acting may not have been stellar but it was passable and presented a story which deserves to be told.


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