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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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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

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1.33 : 1
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In a 1980 scene the song Maneater is played in the background but Hall and Oates didn't release the song until 1982. See more »

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References Dallas (1978) See more »

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A Bad Idea, Period
22 December 2009 | by stellbreadSee all my reviews

The no-name cast delivers so many clichés and such laughable dialogue, that it should be re-titled The Unintentionally Funny Story of Diff'rent Strokes.

Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman Coleman and the late Dana Plato were the three child stars who played the child and two adopted wards of Philip Drummond, played by Conrad Bain. The show was a hit in the 70's and made Coleman a star. Bridges and Coleman played adopted siblings Arnold and Willis, who reside in a lavish home with their benefactor, Drummond and his daughter, Kimberly (Plato).

After the shows run, the three young cast members experienced growing pains not uncommon among Hollywood child stars: Bridges became addicted to crack, then was arrested and tried on charges of attempted murder. Coleman wound up bankrupt after being ripped off by his parents, during which time he learned that Hollywood has no roles for twentysomething, undersized actors. Plato, however, was the most tragic case of all. After Strokes went off the air, she had a dozen movie and television appearances, none of which brought the sort of recognition the role of Kimberly Drummond had. The twenty-four year old fought a long battle with drugs and public ridicule after a botched liquor store hold-up, she died at age 35, on May 8, 1999. Her death was determined to be a suicide by overdose.

This schlock makes Purple Rain look like Mystic River. It features an even funnier—-and tragically so—-in story interviews with Bridges and Coleman. Lucky for Plato that she isn't around to see this mess, for she would no doubt die of shame.


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