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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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Stars: Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes
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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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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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Trivia

In Marley Brant's 2006 book "Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms 1974-1984," Robin Williams revealed that he didn't watch the movie, joking, "If they're going to make a bad movie about your life, you should wait for the Cartoon Network version." See more »

Goofs

In a scene set in 1982, Pam Dawber is shown to already be in a relationship with Mark Harmon. Dawber and Harmon, who married in 1987, didn't meet until 1985 when Gina Hecht introduced them to each other. 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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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

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Robin's Interesting Story
4 April 2005 | by polidori969See all my reviews

I just watched this movie on it's premier night out of curiosity and sheer nostalgia. I liked (not loved) "Mork & Mindy" as a kid, mostly for Robin William's zany energetic performance. This movie made me remember why. Was the original show great? Not really, but Robin certainly was. Which brings me to this movie.

I was pleasantly surprised, expecting nothing more than a paint by numbers chronological retelling of the show (which in a way it was). But, of course, the real focus was on Robin. It was interesting to see Robin's journey from struggling street jester to national t.v star, and how such a drastic difference affected him and his long suffering wife. And my hat is off to star Chris Diamantopoulos as he portrayed Mr. Williams with integrity, sensitivity, and heart; not just a cute impression, although it was even dead-on. (On an unrelated note, I noticed that Robin's struggles were in some ways similar to Andy Kaufman, who was under-appreciated by network t.v. and held back creatively, but that's the "Taxi" behind the scenes biopic.)

All in all, this was a very enjoyable flick, in which I felt I got to know a little more of the man behind the Orkan. The acting was solid by all- never melodramatic like I suspected- and the story moved along well. Performances that were particularly good were by those who played Garry Marshall and John Belushi (the scene in which Belushi heckles Robin was a hoot!). Not a great masterpiece by any means (I would have liked to have seen a tad more about Pam Dawber), but definitely watchable, especially for those Robin Williams and "Mork & Mindy" fans out there. Nanoo, nanoo!


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