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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce A. Young ... Willie Coleman (as Bruce Young)
Lorena Gale ... Sue Coleman
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Gary Coleman
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Gary Coleman - 13-29 years
Verda Bridges Verda Bridges ... Betty Bridges
Alon Williams ... Gary Coleman - 30-31 years
Jason Schombing ... Kline
John Innes ... Conrad Bain
Teryl Rothery ... Kay Plato
Jerry Wasserman ... Howard Leeds
Rainbow Francks ... Dion Mial (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Britt Irvin ... Dana Plato - 17 to 34 years (as Brittney Irvin)
Colin Cunningham ... Vic Perillo
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Wayne Newton
Shedrack Anderson III ... Todd Bridges - 17 to 37 years (as Shedrack Anderson)
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História não Autorizada de Minha Família é uma Bagunça See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

At the end of the show Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges are shown standing at Dana Plato's grave. This is impossible since she was cremated, and scattered at sea. See more »

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References Maude (1972) See more »

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A very interesting flawed movie.
24 July 2006 | by music_man_fanSee 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.


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