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      John Frankenheimer

      John Frankenheimer

      Highest Rated: 100% Path to War (2002)

      Lowest Rated: 21% The General's Daughter (1999)

      Birthday: Feb 19, 1930

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Having emerged from the era of 1950s live television, director John Frankenheimer quickly became a Hollywood wunderkind after directing several highly-regarded films before suffering a series of setbacksr, only to have one of the truly great comebacks of American cinema. Frankenheimer began his career directing some 150-odd live television dramas in the 1950s and early 1960s, contributing memorable installments to anthology series like "Playhouse 90" (CBS, 1956-1960). Though he made his feature debut in 1957 with "The Young Stranger," he began his feature career proper with "The Young Savages" (1961), which began a successful five-picture collaboration with actor Burt Lancaster. The pair reunited for one of Frankenheimer's most well-received films, "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962), though the best for the director was yet to come. With "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), Frankenheimer directed a chilling thriller that not only held up over the ensuing decades, but entered the pantheon of true Hollywood classics. Frankenheimer followed with "Seven Days in May" (1964), a frighteningly realistic White House coup d'etat that reportedly received behind the scene support from President John F. Kennedy. Following lesser known films like "The Train" (1965) and "Grand Prix" (1966), as well as the tragic assassination of close friend Robert F. Kennedy, Frankenheimer entered a dark period during which he struggled with illness and career setbacks. Though he saw some success with "The French Connection II" (1975) and "Black Sunday" (1977), Frankenheimer struggled through the 1970s and 1980s, before rejuvenating his career on the small screen in the 1990s, winning four Emmy Awards in five years for directing "Against the Wall" (HBO, 1994), "The Burning Season" (HBO 1994), "Andersonville" (TNT, 1996) and "George Wallace" (TNT, 1997). The newfound success allowed him to make a triumphant return to features with "Ronin" (1998), an old school Cold War spy thriller that gave Frankenheimer one last success on the big screen and cemented his reputation as the undisputed master of the political thriller.

      Highest rated movies

      The General's Daughter


      SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, Fredric March, director John Frankenheimer, on set, 1964 SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, Edmond O'Brien, director John Frankenheimer, on set, 1964 THE ICEMAN COMETH, Lee Marvin, director John Frankenheimer, 1973 THE CHALLENGE, director John Frankenheimer on set, 1982, (c) Embassy Pictures THE FRENCH CONNECTION II, director John Frankenheimer, (left), Gene Hackman, (right), 1975, TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved GRAND PRIX, director John Frankenheimer, Francoise Hardy, on-set, 1966 THE YOUNG STRANGER, from left, Kim Hunter, director John Frankenheimer, James Daly, on-set, 1957 THE FRENCH CONNECTION II, from left, Gene Hackman, director John Frankenheimer, 1975, TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved BLACK SUNDAY, producer Robert Evans, director John Frankenheimer, 1977 SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, Fredric March, Kirk Douglas, director John Frankenheimer, on set, 1964 ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, director John Frankenheimer on set, 1996 HOLCROFT COVENANT, director John Frankenheimer on set, 1985 REINDEER GAMES, Ben Affleck, director John Frankenheimer, on set, 2000. (c)Dimension Films THE FOURTH WAR, director John Frankenheimer, 1990, (c)Canon Films DEAD-BANG, director John Frankenheimer, 1989, (c) Warner Bros. / REINDEER GAMES, Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron, director John Frankenheimer, on set, 2000. (c)Dimension Films BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ, from left: director John Frankenheimer, Burt Lancaster, on set, 1962 THE FOURTH WAR, director John Frankenheimer, Lara Harris, 1990, (c) Canon Films / 99 AND 44/100% DEAD, from left, Richard Harris, director John Frankenheimer, on-set, 1974, TM and Copyright ©20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved



      100% 74% Path to War Director - 2002
      No Score Yet 66% Ambush Director - 2001
      25% 27% Reindeer Games Director $23.4M 2000
      21% 46% The General's Daughter Gen. Sonnenberg (Character) $102.7M 1999
      70% 80% Ronin Director $41.6M 1998
      No Score Yet 64% George Wallace Director - 1997
      22% 20% The Island of Dr. Moreau Director $27.7M 1996
      No Score Yet 79% Andersonville Director - 1996
      No Score Yet 62% Against the Wall Director - 1994
      No Score Yet 74% The Burning Season Director - 1994
      29% 26% Year of the Gun Director $1.2M 1991
      64% 30% The Fourth War Director $1.2M 1990
      33% 43% Dead Bang Director $7.4M 1989
      53% 46% 52 Pick-Up Director $4.3M 1986
      27% 31% The Holcroft Covenant Director $151.6K 1985
      53% 70% The Challenge Director - 1982
      35% 35% Prophecy Director - 1979
      74% 65% Black Sunday Director - 1977
      84% 62% French Connection II Director - 1975
      No Score Yet 35% 99 and 44/100 Percent Dead Director - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Story of a Love Story Director - 1973
      91% 74% The Iceman Cometh Director - 1973
      30% 57% The Horsemen Director - 1971
      No Score Yet 70% I Walk the Line Director - 1970
      No Score Yet 43% The Gypsy Moths Director - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Extraordinary Seaman Director - 1969
      56% 62% The Fixer Director - 1968
      79% 87% Seconds Director,
      - 1966
      92% 88% Grand Prix Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 1966
      94% 89% The Train Director - 1965
      91% 89% Seven Days in May Director,
      - 1964
      97% 90% The Manchurian Candidate Director,
      $1.9M 1962
      91% 84% Birdman of Alcatraz Director - 1962
      40% 54% All Fall Down Director - 1962
      50% 52% The Young Savages Director - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Days of Wine and Roses Director - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Stranger Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 38% Comedian Director - 1957


      82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Director 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Director,