Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Highest Rated: 100% The Dam Busters (1955)

Lowest Rated: 9% Orca (1977)

Birthday: Jan 30, 1920

Birthplace: London, England, UK

An intelligent and dependable British-born director, Michael Anderson apprenticed under the likes of David Lean, Noel Coward (co-directors of 1942's "In Which We Serve") and Peter Ustinov, with whom he co-directed "Private Angelo" (1949), starring Ustinov in the title role. Anderson made a fine impression at the helm of "The Dam Busters" (1954), the true story of the bombing of the Ruhr dams during World War II, then followed with the first film version of "1984" (1955) before his breakthrough work on the Academy Award-winning Best Picture "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956). He produced as well as directed "Shake Hands with the Devil" (1959), a drama set in 1920s Ireland that starred Jimmy Cagney as a medical professor hell-bent on Irish independence. Returning to a World War II setting, Anderson helmed one of his best pictures, "Operation Crossbow" (1965), and followed with "The Quiller Memorandum" (1966, adapted by Harold Pinter), a spy thriller lost amidst the spate of similar 60s films. The well-crafted "Logan's Run" (1976) marked Anderson's first foray into science fiction while "Orca" (1977) proved a disappointing attempt to capitalize on the success of "Jaws" (1975). Embarking on a career in television, he helmed the miniseries "The Martian Chronicles" (NBC 1980) and received critical acclaim for his direction of the cable movie "Sword of Gideon" (HBO 1986), a fictionalized version of the revenge extracted for the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympics. After the sci-fi feature "Millennium" (1989), Anderson helmed "La Boutique de l'orfevre/The Jeweler's Shop" (1989), based on a play written by Pope John Paul II. The director then concentrated on the small screen, primarily guiding period dramas and literary adaptations like "Catherine the Great" (TNT, 1991), "The Sea Wolf" (TNT, 1993), "Captains Courageous" (The Family Channel, 1996) and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (CBS, 1997). His first feature in nearly a decade was the straight-to-video release "Summer of the Monkeys" (1998) which proved more suited to the small screen. Anderson's final film was the sequel "The New Adventures of Pinocchio" (1999), starring Martin Landau as Geppetto, after which Anderson quietly retired. Michael Anderson died on April 25, 2018 in Vancouver. He was 98.

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No Score Yet 32% The New Adventures of Pinocchio Director - 2001
No Score Yet 65% Summer of the Monkeys Director - 1998
No Score Yet 36% 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Director - 1997
No Score Yet 57% Captains Courageous Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rugged Gold Director - 1994
No Score Yet 25% The Sea Wolf Director - 1993
11% 30% Millennium Director $5.7M 1989
No Score Yet 14% The Jeweller's Shop Director - 1988
No Score Yet 17% Separate Vacations Director - 1986
No Score Yet 78% Sword of Gideon Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Martian Chronicles Director - 1980
No Score Yet 29% Bells Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dominique Director - 1978
No Score Yet 24% Avenging Spirit Director - 1978
9% 33% Orca Director - 1977
62% 67% Logan's Run Director - 1976
67% 30% Conduct Unbecoming Director - 1975
No Score Yet 58% Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze Director - 1975
No Score Yet 33% Pope Joan Director - 1972
43% 75% The Shoes of the Fisherman Director - 1968
62% 59% The Quiller Memorandum Director - 1966
71% 55% Operation Crossbow Director - 1965
No Score Yet 29% Flight From Ashiya Director - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild and Wonderful Director - 1964
No Score Yet 60% The Naked Edge Director - 1961
No Score Yet 50% All the Fine Young Cannibals Director - 1960
67% 56% Shake Hands With the Devil Director,
Producer
- 1959
No Score Yet 56% The Wreck of the Mary Deare Director - 1959
No Score Yet 55% Chase a Crooked Shadow Director - 1958
No Score Yet 82% Battle Hell Director - 1956
69% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Director - 1956
No Score Yet 72% 1984 Director - 1956
100% 84% The Dam Busters Director - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The House of the Arrow Director - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Will Any Gentleman? Director - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night Was Our Friend Director - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Is Sold Out Director - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Waterfront Director - 1950

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