The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Family  |  17 April 1959 (Netherlands)
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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.



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Miep (as Dody Heath)


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

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Release Date:

17 April 1959 (Netherlands)  »

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Anne Franks dagbok  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Stevens had trouble getting suitable emotion from the actors when the American plane passes by. So a record player was hidden in the soundstage and set to play "The Star Spangled Banner" to evoke an emotional reaction from the American actors. See more »


After Anne spells milk over the coat, she starts to clean the chair and puts the glass back on the table. It vanishes in the next shot. See more »


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


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Music by Herms Niel
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Good but inaccurate
8 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The only complaint I have about this movie is the lack of accuracy.

The last diary entry we have is on August 1, 1944. There was no time - and she was not allowed to - make a quick note in the diary about what had just happened when the Gestapo had burst into the room to arrest them.

The arrest itself is completely wrong too - the helpers WERE there, and two of them were arrested along with the people in the Annex. They were not just standing there at the door waiting for the bookcase to come down and the police to run up. They had no clue was was about to come - and their arrest was a major surprise and disappointment to them because they were so close to liberation.

I understand the need to sugarcoat the issue, but it is a disgrace to those who lived it to portray it so inaccurately.

But then, that's just my opinion.

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