MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 86 this week

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 8,629 users  
Reviews: 48 user | 33 critic

Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 02 Feb 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 20 Mar 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 29 Aug 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 16 Sep 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 15 Oct 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Diary of Anne Frank.

User Polls

Won 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Gusti Huber ...
Lou Jacobi ...
...
Douglas Spencer ...
Dodie Heath ...
Miep (as Dody Heath)
...
Edit

Storyline

Based on Anne Frank's diary, and the stage play that was adapted from it: In Nazi-occupied Holland, Otto Frank and his family have decided to go into hiding, because of the increasing persecutions against Jews. The businessman Kraler and his assistant Miep prepare a hiding place in the rooms above their place of business, and arrange for the Franks and another family, the Van Daans, to stay there. Later on, they are joined by the dentist Dussel. Together, they try to avoid detection while hoping for Holland to be liberated by the Allies, but even meeting basic needs can become a challenge, and even minor incidents could present a grave risk. Written by Snow Leopard

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

attic | jewish | dentist | diary | fear | See All (65) »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

17 April 1959 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Anne Franks dagbok  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the prologue when Otto Frank is given Anne's diary he starts to look through it. There is a picture of the real Anne Frank. See more »

Goofs

On the first night of Hanukkah, Anne Frank says it is Dec 7, 1942 - a Monday - and two candles are lit and blown out. When Mr. Otto Frank goes to inspect the break-in, he says it is Saturday and no one will return until Monday. The same two extinguished candles are seen throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kraler: Mr. Frank. - Mr Frank?
Otto Frank: Kraler. - Mr. Kraler. Miep. My good friends.
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end, neither a "The End" credit nor a cast list appears, only the title of the film once more ("The Diary of Anne Frank"). See more »

Connections

Version of The Diary of Anne Frank (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Berg op zoom
(uncredited)
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Stevens' Big Gamble
11 July 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Just as Otto Preminger gambled in the casting of unknown Jean Seaberg in the title role of "St. Joan," so George Stevens similarly took a big risk with Millie Perkins in "The Diary of Anne Frank."

As the story goes, Stevens saw model Millie on a magazine cover, fell in love with her expressive eyes, and theorized that this unknown would be more effective than an established star to portray Anne.

Though Perkins had no acting experience, Stevens--at the peak of his career--was confident that he could teach Millie to act, at least for this film.

Although Audrey Hepburn was very interested in the part (as was Stevens in her) Stevens finally decided that it would be more effective to use a fresh actor--one with whom the public would have no pre-conceptions. (Other successful cases to support his theory being Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray and Robert Alda as George Gershwin.) Still, it was a huge gamble, since Anne was the pivotal role in this major production.

Well, the results are now history. For many moviegoers Perkins was just fine. While some critics easily spotted her reedy inexperience and rather sympathized with her being thrust into a super-professional arena, they conceded that Millie did do a commendable job.

Unfortunately, Perkins took a lashing from most critics, and her subsequent acting career has been relegated to minor roles in "B" films. Those are the "breaks," though in the fickle film world.

Yet, with all this, many people still think of Perkins' countenance when they envision of Anne Frank. So she and Stevens made a lasting impression.

Likewise, for many, this production remains the definitive version of a profoundly touching World War II real-life chronicle.


45 of 56 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How??? (Millie Perkins) Jeyjaypop
The girl was a ******!!! island_alive
Could not sleep angieliz23
Which actors would play the parts now? wahoos393
What is your favorite part? astrobetasara
Good At Heart Richgurl26
Discuss The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page