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Release Date:
17 April 1959 (Netherlands) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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DVD VERSION WAS WORTH THE WAIT! See more (51 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Millie Perkins ... Anne Frank

Joseph Schildkraut ... Otto Frank

Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Petronella Van Daan

Richard Beymer ... Peter Van Daan

Gusti Huber ... Mrs. Edith Frank

Lou Jacobi ... Mr. Hans Van Daan

Diane Baker ... Margot Frank
Douglas Spencer ... Kraler
Dodie Heath ... Miep (as Dody Heath)

Ed Wynn ... Mr. Albert Dussell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Berkeley ... Dutch Workman (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... SS Man (uncredited)
John Corrydon ... Dutch Workman (uncredited)
Delmar Erickson ... SS Man (uncredited)
Gretchen Goertz ... Sanne Devries (uncredited)
William Kirschner ... Workman in Shop (uncredited)

Edmund Purdom ... British Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Tweddell ... Night Watchman (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Sneak Thief (uncredited)
Bruce Walkup ... Dutch Workman (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
Writing credits
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) and
Albert Hackett (screenplay)

Frances Goodrich (from the play by) and
Albert Hackett (from the play by)

Anne Frank (based on the book "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" by)

George Stevens  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
George Stevens Jr. .... associate producer
George Stevens .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Bretherton (film editor)
William Mace (film editor)
Robert Swink (film editor)
Casting by
Jim Buchanan (uncredited)
George J. Light (uncredited)
Owen McLean (uncredited)
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire (executive wardrobe designer) (as Charles LeMaire)
Mary Wills (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Edwin Allen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ruby Felker .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Ray Forman .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Harry Maret .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Maurine McDermott .... body makeup: women (uncredited)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Sid Rogell .... executive production manager (uncredited)
Abe Steinberg .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David S. Hall .... assistant director (as David Hall)
George Stevens Jr. .... director: location scenes
Herbert Curiel .... assistant director (uncredited)
Nina Foch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wes McAfee .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director: Holland (uncredited)
Art Department
M. Duke Abrahams .... property master
Jules Kahn .... props (uncredited)
George Westenhiser .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
William Buffinger .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Paul Gilbert .... microphone boom operator (uncredited)
Otis Gunter .... cableman (uncredited)
Hal Lombard .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harry Roberts .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Cardiff .... photographer: location scenes
Les Berry .... grip (uncredited)
Sam Bischoff .... grip (uncredited)
Carl Cabibi .... best boy (uncredited)
Sam Fisher .... electrician (uncredited)
Frank Gilley .... crane operator (uncredited)
Frank Gilley .... grip (uncredited)
Sol Halperin .... head camera (uncredited)
William K. Jurgensen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
Gordon Meagher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Murray .... grip (uncredited)
Lloyd Phillips .... grip (uncredited)
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred Rezk .... grip (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Reeder P. Boss .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Josephine Brown .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Clinton Sandeen .... wardrobe department: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Larry Allen .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Hal Ashby .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Robert Kimball .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
George Leggewie .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Marion Rothman .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Harold Saylor .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Pat Shade .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Ben Kadish .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Kermit Bloomgarden .... produced on the stage by
Garson Kanin .... directed on the stage by
Tony Van Renterghem .... technical advisor (as Tony van Renterghem)
B. Aaronson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
George Boyce .... stand-in: Ed Wynn (uncredited)
Ernst Brengt .... stand-in: Joseph Schildkraut (uncredited)
John Del Valle .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Robert Gary .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Fred Guiol .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Frances Mack .... stand-in: Gusti Huber and Diane Baker (uncredited)
Rosemary O'Neil .... stand-in: Shelley Winters (uncredited)
Midge Pare .... stand-in: Millie Perkins (uncredited)
Douglas Wall .... stand-in: Richard Beymer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
180 min | Argentina:158 min | USA:171 min (FMC Library Print) | West Germany:152 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | New Zealand:G | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:GP | UK:U | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #19008) | West Germany:12 (bw)

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Although it received much critical praise on its release, The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) was not a financial success. 20th Century Fox subsequently asked George Stevens to trim it by about 20 minutes.See more »
Continuity: 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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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Author: blue-7 from Salt Lake City

It's a pleasure to report that the long wait for George Stevens' THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK to come to the DVD format has been worth the wait. The restoration is far better then the fine 1995 Laser Disc issue, which was the only previous release to include the Overture, Intermission and Exit Music for the film as well as the "roadshow", 170 minute version of the film. As Alfred Newman's score is one of his finest, the addition of the extra music is a true treat. Issued as one of Fox's "Studio Classics", the DVD shows that a great deal of tender care has gone into this outstanding release. The complete films is contained on one side. Side two is full of some nice extras, headed by a full-length documentary, "ECHOS FROM THE PAST", that is very informative. There is a nice excerpt from the documentary feature, "GEORGE STEVENS: A FILMMAKER'S JOURNEY", which was produced and directed by George Stevens, Jr. Stevens' son also provides the commentary track along with actress Millie Perkins for the film itself. There are two interesting previews included, one for the U.S. release after the film was taken off the roadshow run (and CUT by almost 20 minutes) and also the International version, which uses Newman's music over the scenes without any dialog from the film itself. Perkins' screen test, newsreel footage a number of excellent behind the scenes photographs and a restoration comparison round out the second side. The film and this DVD are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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