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Ken Annakin is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 10 august 1914 at Beverley (United-kingdom)

Ken Annakin

Ken Annakin
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Birth name Kenneth Cooper Annakin
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 10 august 1914 at Beverley (United-kingdom)
Death 22 april 2009 (at 94 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Kenneth Cooper Annakin OBE (10 August 1914 – 22 April 2009) was an English film director.


Annakin was born in and grew up in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire where he attended the grammar school. He began his career in feature films following an early experience making documentaries. His first filmwork was in 1947 with the Rank Organisation. The following year he moved to Gainsborough Pictures to direct three films about the Huggetts, a working-class family living in suburban England these highly successful films starring Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Petula Clark and Diana Dors (amongst others). Annakin became known for a series of Walt Disney adventures, including The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), The Sword and the Rose (1953), Third Man on the Mountain (1959), and Swiss Family Robinson (1960).

He was later associated with another American producer, Darryl F. Zanuck, when he was hired to direct the British segments in The Longest Day (1962). As head of the 20th Century-Fox Studio, Zanuck endorsed Annakin's most ambitious project Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965). Annakin also directed the big-scale war film Battle of the Bulge (also 1965) for the Warner Brothers studio.

However, some of Annakin's better received films are smaller-scale comedies and dramas, including his episodes in Quartet (1948) and Trio (1950), based on Somerset Maugham's stories, Hotel Sahara (1951), Across the Bridge (1957), Crooks Anonymous (1962), The Fast Lady (1963) and The Informers (1963).

In 1979, Ken Annakin left Britain and moved to Los Angeles.

Annakin was approached in 1984 by representatives of science fiction writer and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to direct a two-movie cinema version of Hubbard's 1982 novel Battlefield Earth. Pre-production for the films advanced sluggishly over the following months, and the project was ultimately cancelled for various reasons early in 1986. A "star-flash" promoting the upcoming films was added to the front cover of the paperback edition of the books sold in the UK in 1984, and the US paperback and hardback versions followed suit. The notice was of course removed from all copies printed post-March 1986. Annakin's involvement with the project, while far from secret, was not made widely known outside of industry publications during the time the 80s version of the movie was a going concern. Annakin himself rarely if ever mentioned his involvement with the 'BE' movies during the years of his life that followed its shelving.

Annakin's last completed film was The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988); Genghis Khan (1992) was not completed. He died on 22 April 2009, the same day as Jack Cardiff, who had been his cinematographer on the 1979 film The Fifth Musketeer.

Despite claims that George Lucas took the name for Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars from his friend and fellow film director, Lucas denied this via his publicist following Annakin's death in 2009.

Best films

The Longest Day (1962)
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

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Filmography of Ken Annakin (48 films)

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Freedom Radio, 1h35
Directed by Michael Anderson, Anthony Asquith
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War
Themes Politique, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Political films, Documentary films about World War II
Actors Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Raymond Huntley, Derek Farr, Joyce Howard, Howard Marion-Crawford
Roles Radio Announcer (voice)
Rating61% 3.056153.056153.056153.056153.05615
An eminent Viennese doctor in Germany becomes increasingly disillusioned with the oppressive brutality of the Nazis. His wife however, is flattered by the attentions of the Führer, and accepts a political post in Berlin. At first the doctor does nothing as his friends "disappear", but eventually, with the aid of an engineer, he creates a secret radio station where he broadcasts condemnations of Hitler and prays for a "better" Germany to arise from the ashes of his ruined country. The birth of "Freedom Radio" sees the creation of an underground group of anti-Nazis who regard Karl as their leader.


Cheaper to Keep Her, 1h32
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Vivica A. Fox, Mac Davis, Brian McKnight, Tovah Feldshuh, Ian McShane, Gwen Humble
Rating47% 2.366752.366752.366752.366752.36675
Davis's character, William "Bill" Dekker, is a newly divorced swinger who goes to work for an attorney (Feldshuh) as an investigator. His assignments have him tracking down divorced men who have reneged on their alimony and child-support payments, a twist of irony considering not only his chauvinistic tendencies but also the fact that he is himself relying on the money he receives from his assignments to cover his own alimony payments. The film takes its title from the song of the same name, which can be heard over the opening credits.
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, 1h40
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Tami Erin, Eileen Brennan, Dennis Dugan, Dianne Hull, George DiCenzo, Dick Van Patten
Rating59% 2.950482.950482.950482.950482.95048
After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking (Tami Erin) is stranded with her horse, Alfonso, and monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and takes up residence in the old family home: Villa Villekulla, which is thought by neighborhood children to be haunted. Soon, two children, Tommy Settigren (David Seaman, Jr.) and his sister, Annika Settigren (Cory Crow), venture into the house after seeing lights in the windows. Looking for ghosts, they meet Pippi instead. They become friends and get into various adventures together such as making pancakes, cleaning the floor with scrubbing shoes, serving ice cream to children of the local orphanage, riding a motorcycle, and dodging "splunks". Pippi must also fight off crooks who wish to demolish her house and sell the property, as well as avoid being taken to the orphanage. She agrees to run away with Tommy and Annika in a homemade autogyro to avoid this fate. They end up needing to be rescued after nearly going over a waterfall while riding barrels down a river, and Pippi eventually agrees to give the orphanage a try after Tommy and Annika's parents refuse to let them play with her anymore. She does not fit in with the other children due to her lack of discipline and education. However, after she saves the orphanage from a fire and becomes the town heroine, she is allowed to return to Villa Villekulla and befriends Tommy and Annika once more. She is reunited with her father on Christmas Day, and he offers her the chance to become a cannibal princess of the uncharted island he had washed ashore on and was crowned king. Just as they prepare to sail off, she decides to stay after seeing that everyone in the village is sad to see her go.
The Pirate Movie, 1h44
Directed by Ken Annakin
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Action, Musical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Pirate films, Musical films
Actors Christopher Atkins, Kristy McNichol, Ted Hamilton OAM, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Bill Kerr, Garry McDonald
Rating51% 2.552762.552762.552762.552762.55276
Mabel Stanley (Kristy McNichol) is an introverted teenage girl yearning for popularity in a seaside community in Australia. She attends a local pirate festival featuring a swordplay demonstration led by a young curly-haired instructor (Christopher Atkins), who then invites her for a ride on his boat. She is duped by her acquaintances, Edith (Kate Ferguson), Kate (Rhonda Burchmore), and Isabel (Catherine Lynch), into missing the launch, so she rents a small sailboat to give chase. A sudden storm throws her overboard, and she washes up on a beach. She subsequently dreams an adventure that takes place a century before. In this fantasy sequence, the swordplay instructor is now named Frederic, a young apprentice of the Pirates of Penzance, celebrating his 21st birthday on a pirate vessel. Frederic refuses an invitation from the Pirate King (Ted Hamilton), his adoptive father, to become a full pirate, as his birth parents were murdered by their contemporaries. Frederic swears to avenge their deaths and is forced off of the ship on a small boat.
The Fifth Musketeer, 1h56
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin Austria
Genres Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about families, Politique, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Beau Bridges, Cornel Wilde, Ian McShane, Alan Hale Jr.
Rating54% 2.708982.708982.708982.708982.70898
Le roi Louis XIV a à son insu un frère jumeau, Philippe, mais quand il est dit, il verrouille immédiatement son frère à la Bastille. Le roi veut augmenter sa popularité et met en scène un assassinat contre lui-même où Philippe est habillé comme roi Louis. Mais Philippe parvient à échapper à l'assassinat et tout le monde le croit le vrai roi ...
Paper Tiger, 1h39
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Actors David Niven, Toshiro Mifune, Hardy Krüger, Irene Tsu, Ivan Desny, Miiko Taka
Rating60% 3.005413.005413.005413.005413.00541
Mr Bradbury (David Niven), an apparently well-educated, ex-military Englishman is hired as tutor to Koichi Kagoyama (played by Kazuhito Ando), the son of a Japanese ambassador. Bradbury becomes a trusted friend, who boasts about himself during his British Army service being a hero telling him "war stories", but some painful truths are revealed after he and the boy are kidnapped by political terrorists. It comes to the point when Mr Bradbury has to live up to the "action man" he makes himself out to be.
The Call of the Wild, 1h40
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Charlton Heston, Michèle Mercier, Raimund Harmstorf, George Eastman, Maria Rohm, Juan Luis Galiardo
Rating59% 2.953922.953922.953922.953922.95392
John Thornton (Charlton Heston) a prospector in the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush is trying to eke out a living in the harsh conditions of the bitterly cold Yukon region of Canada, with Buck the German Shepherd dog he befriends. Thornton struggles against unscrupulous rivals and natural hazards in the extreme conditions and is greatly helped by Buck who has his own story to tell: he was abducted from a family home and taken north to become a working sled dog. Man and dog forge a true bond of friendship, working together to survive life in the treacherous frozen North. Thornton is killed by Yeehat Indians, but Buck kills the men to avenge John Thornton. At the end of the film, Buck comes to the White River to mourn the place where he died.
Monte Carlo or Bust!, 2h
Directed by Ken Annakin
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Road movies
Actors Tony Curtis, André Bourvil, Lando Buzzanca, Walter Chiari, Peter Cook, Terry-Thomas
Rating62% 3.1021153.1021153.1021153.1021153.102115
An international car rally in the 1920s attracts competitors from all over the world to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally. The arch rivals from England, Italy, France and Germany find that their greatest competition comes from the United States in the form of Chester Schofield (Tony Curtis), who had won half of an automobile factory in a poker game with the late father of baronet Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage (Terry-Thomas). Ware-Armitage has entered the race in a winner-take-all to exact revenge and win back the lost half of the company.
The Biggest Bundle of Them All, 1h45
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Heist films
Actors Robert Wagner, Raquel Welch, Godfrey Cambridge, Francesco Mulé, Edward G. Robinson, Vittorio De Sica
Rating53% 2.671082.671082.671082.671082.67108
American gangster Cesare Celli, hiding out in Italy, is kidnapped by Harry Price and his gang. Much to everyone's surprise, none of Cesare's friends or associates is willing to pay a ransom to get him back.
The Long Duel, 1h55
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard, Charlotte Rampling, Harry Andrews, Virginia North, Andrew Keir
Rating59% 2.95282.95282.95282.95282.9528
En 1920 au Fort de Najibadad, à la frontière du nord des Indes, les Banthas, une tribu de nomades, sont emprisonnés par l'officier Stafford et ce sous un prétexte futile. Sultan, chef de la tribu, parvient à s'évader et décide de mener une révolte. Réfugié dans la montagne avec son armée, Sultan déjoue les pièges tendus par les soldats anglais, tout en évitant de verser du sang…
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes, 2h13
Directed by Don Sharp, Ken Annakin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Terry-Thomas, Robert Morley, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Alberto Sordi
Rating69% 3.4985653.4985653.4985653.4985653.498565
A brief narration outlines man's first attempts to fly since the Stone Age due to inspiration by a bird's flight, seen with footage from the Silent Film Era, and man being represented by a "test pilot" (Red Skelton) encountering periodic misfortune in his attempts.
Battle of the Bulge, 2h48
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Charles Bronson, Ty Hardin, Pier Angeli
Rating67% 3.3996053.3996053.3996053.3996053.399605
Military Intelligence officer and former policeman Lt. Col. Daniel Kiley (Fonda) and his pilot, Joe, are flying a reconnaissance mission over the Ardennes forest, spotting a German staff car. Under the ground in a subterranean lair, German Col. Martin Hessler (Shaw), a fictional character loosely based on SS-Standartenführer Jochen Peiper, is briefed by his superior, Gen. Kohler (Werner Peters). Kohler points out a clock with a 50-hour countdown, which is the time allotted for the operation, beyond which Germany has no resources for full-scale attack. At the same time German soldiers disguised as American troops, led by Lt. Schumacher (Ty Hardin), are tasked with seizing vital bridges and sowing confusion behind the Allied lines.