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

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 4 April 2005
An inside look at the ABC sitcom which turned Robin Williams into a star in 1978.

Director:

Neill Fearnley (as Neil Fearnley)

Writers:

Andy Dougan (book), David Misch
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Diamantopoulos ... Robin Williams
Erinn Hayes ... Pam Dawber
Michelle Harrison ... Valerie Velardi
Tyler Labine ... John Belushi
David Lewis ... Ira Denmark
David Richmond-Peck ... Harvey Severson
Meredith McGeachie ... Lila Milford
Richard Kahan ... Alan Davis
Daniel Roebuck ... Garry Marshall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwesi Ameyaw ... Cop
Johnathan Brownlee ... Jay Thomas
Peter Bryant ... Detective
Lisa Calder Lisa Calder ... Pretty Fan
Robert Clarke ... Conrad Janis
Brad Dryborough ... Stagehand
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História não Autorizada de Mork e Mindy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of Lila Milford is based on series writer April Kelly. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Garry Marshall: [forced to fire Conrad Janis and Elizabeht Kerr] What can I do? It's their network...
Elizabeth Kerr: They are such wieners!
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Connections

References M*A*S*H (1972) See more »

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well done docudrama
4 April 2005 | by hairgutSee all my reviews

For those fans of the original "Mork & Mindy" show in the 70's, this was a believable look into the early career of Robin Williams, now widely regarded as a comic genius and respected actor. The fact that it was "unauthorized" is probably meant to convey that no punches were pulled, and the dirty laundry gets aired. This was the case here as well. The producers took pains to recreate the characters from the show both physically with regard to personality. They go out of their way to put forth the fact that Williams almost became typecast for his Mork role, and the tedium and frustration that the part produced for him. After all, his fans knew he was something special when they saw him for 5 minutes on "Happy Days". His manic, rapid fire improvisational brilliance continues to amaze to this day, and yet, through this TV movie, we see how close he may have come to losing it all in the early 80's. My only qualm is that I have been unable to locate the credit for the actor who played John Belushi.


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