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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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Robert Iscove
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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 Sun Francks ... Dion Mial
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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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

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 »

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References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

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A Sad End To the Laughter
4 September 2006 | by deanofrppsSee 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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