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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Coleman (as Bruce Young)
Sue Coleman
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman - 13-29 years
Verda Bridges ...
Betty Bridges
Gary Coleman - 30-31 years
Conrad Bain
Kay Plato
Howard Leeds
Dion Mial (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Dana Plato - 17 to 34 years (as Brittney Irvin)
Vic Perillo
Winston Rekert ...
Wayne Newton
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

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Release Date:

4 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História não Autorizada de Minha Família é uma Bagunça  »

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The series is shown as being taped at "Embassy Studios," when no such facility ever existed. The company that produced the series was not known as Embassy until 1982, and it never owned its own studio. See more »


References B.J. and the Bear (1978) See more »

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Enjoyed this movie and the Johnny Carson actor
7 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie was very informative. I didn't think that things like this were still going on. I thought the Jackie Coogan law took care of this type of problem. I thought the actor that played Johnny Carson was great, his appearance, voice, mannerisms - amazing! My favorite part was when he threw up his hands at the end of the vignette when he got such a kick out of the kid and asked, "Do you want to take over the show?" It really brought back lots of fond memories of Johnny for me. I didn't see his name listed in the cast credits. Tthe last actor to play Gary Coleman seemed too old to play Gary. But I did like the first little fella. Would like to view this film again.

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