Michael Apted

Michael Apted

Highest Rated: 100% Incident at Oglala (1992)

Lowest Rated: 22% Enough (2002)

Birthday: Feb 10, 1941

Birthplace: Not Available

Receiving his early education at City of London School, Michael Apted went on to study Law at Cambridge University. By the age of 22, however, he was gainfully employed as a director at the BBC, laboring away on the popular soap opera Coronation Street. While working on the documentary series The World in Action, he collaborated with Paul Almond on the 1963 telefilm 7 Up, in which 14 seven-year-olds, drawn from every social level in London, were interviewed concerning their lives, innermost thoughts, and aspirations. Apted followed up with his subjects on his own every seven years, charting their progress and grilling them concerning their hopes for the future, resulting in the subsequent Seven Plus Seven, 21 Up, 28 Up (which incorporated footage from the earlier installments), 35 Up, and 42 Up. While he never completely abandoned the documentary form (certainly not with several TV awards to his credit), Apted has also kept busy with dramatic features, beginning with the bizarre cross-dressing World War II yarn The Triple Echo (1973). His 1974 Stardust, a quasi-documentary of a Beatles-like rock group, gained Apted a following on the midnight-movie circuit. Of a more mainstream nature were his subsequent biopics Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), the story of country singer Loretta Lynn; Gorillas in the Mist (1988), charting the life and violent death of conservationist Dian Fossey; and Thunderheart (1992), the saga of Native American activist Leonard Peltier (a subject also covered in Apted's 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala). His 1994 feature Nell, a distaff variation of François Truffaut's The Wild Child (1970), found acclaimed actress Jodie Foster in the challenging role of a childlike forest dweller forced into society following the death of her protective mother. And while Apted's later work edged closer to the mainstream with such thrillers as Extreme Measures (1996) and the James Bond vehicle The World Is Not Enough (1999), the avid documentarian remained faithful to his roots with 42 Up and Me & Isaac Newton (both also 1999). Carefully balancing his efforts, the tireless director received winning reviews for the wartime thriller Enigma in 2001 shortly before stepping behind the camera for the Jennifer Lopez revenge flick Enough (2002). Apted also served as executive producer of The River Rat (1984) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and, along with several other directors, played a cameo role in Spies Like Us (1985).


Highest Rated Movies



98% 63 Up Director 2019
89% Hillbilly Actor 2018
26% Unlocked Director 2017
99% 56 Up Director Producer $0.8M 2013
32% Chasing Mavericks Director $5.9M 2012
50% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Screenwriter Director $104.4M 2010
No Score Yet Married in America 2 Director 2007
68% Amazing Grace Director $21.2M 2007
No Score Yet The Power of the Game Director 2007
97% 49 Up Director Producer 2006
No Score Yet The FIFA 2006 World Cup Film: The Grand Finale Director 2006
No Score Yet Married in America Director 2003
22% Enough Director $39.2M 2002
72% Enigma Director 2002
No Score Yet Short - International Release #3 Actor 2001
89% Me & Isaac Newton Director 2000
52% The World Is Not Enough Director 1999
89% 42 Up Producer Director 1999
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered Director 1998
No Score Yet Inspirations Director 1997
56% Extreme Measures Director 1996
No Score Yet Moving The Mountain Director 1995
55% Nell Director Screenwriter 1994
63% Blink Director 1994
No Score Yet Strapped Executive Producer 1993
73% Bram Stoker's Dracula Producer 1992
100% Incident at Oglala Director 1992
No Score Yet Intruders Executive Producer Producer 1992
88% Thunderheart Director Actor 1992
94% 35 Up Producer Director Screenwriter 1991
75% Class Action Director 1991
No Score Yet Long Way Home Director 1989
83% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey Director 1988
No Score Yet Critical Condition Director 1987
32% Spies Like Us Ace Tomato Agent 1985
No Score Yet Bring On the Night Director 1985
100% 28 Up Director 1985
36% Firstborn Director 1984
No Score Yet The River Rat Executive Producer 1984
78% Gorky Park Director 1983
No Score Yet P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang. (First Love: P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang) Director 1982
70% Continental Divide Director 1981
89% Coal Miner's Daughter Director 1980
71% Agatha Director 1979
No Score Yet 21 Up Director 1977
No Score Yet The Squeeze Director 1977
No Score Yet The Collection Director 1976
No Score Yet Stardust Director 1974
No Score Yet Poor Girl, a Ghost Story Director 1974
No Score Yet Triple Echo Director 1973
No Score Yet 7 Plus Seven (14 Up) Director 1970
No Score Yet Sting - Bring on the Night Director


84% Masters of Sex
Director 2016
72% Ray Donovan
Director 2016
46% Reckless
Director 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Appearing 2013
No Score Yet POV
Narrator Producer Director 2013
84% Rome
Director 2007
No Score Yet What About Brian
Director 2006
39% Blind Justice
Director 2005


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