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The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Family | 1959 (UK)
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During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.


George Stevens


Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
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 Dodie Heath ... Miep (as Dody Heath)
Ed Wynn ... Mr. Albert Dussell


In Nazi-occupied Holland in World War II, shopkeeper Kraler hides two Jewish families in his attic. Young Anne Frank keeps a diary of everyday life for the Franks and the Van Daans, chronicling the Nazi threat as well as family dynamics. A romance with Peter Van Daan causes jealousy between Anne and her sister, Margot. Otto Frank returns to the attic many years after the eventual capture of both families and finds his late daughter's diary. Written by Jwelch5742

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English | German

Release Date:

1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El diario de Ana Frank See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The second of three George Stevens films in which Shelley Winters starred. The others are A Place in the Sun (1951) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). She received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the former, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for this film. See more »


Anne Frank was given the diary for her thirteenth birthday, a few days before they all went into hiding and not after going into hiding as depicted in the film. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Originally released at 170 minutes, then later cut and available only in 156-minutes version. Complete edition has been recently restored on video. See more »


Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »


Tales from the Vienna Woods (G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325)
(1868) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Hummed and danced by Millie Perkins and Joseph Schildkraut
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"I still believe"
11 February 2003 | by lahollySee all my reviews

The first time I saw this film was on the old Saturday Night at the movies back in the early sixties. I have since bought the video.

I have had people tell me how depressing this movie is.Those folks have missed the point for years. We do know what fate befell Anne and her family and friends,but the overriding feeling is,as Anne says near the end of the film, that in time things can and will change. The entire cast is wonderful.Millie Perkins brings a charm and innocence to Anne that cannot be duplicated. Joseph Schildkraut and Gusti Huber as Anne's parents are different as day and night in their relationship to Anne.Shelley Winters deserved her Oscar as the 'ultimate Jewish mother" Mrs Van Daan. Lou Jacobi is superb as Mr Van Daan and Ed Wynn is brilliant as fussbudget Dussel. As a long time fan of Richard Beymer, I have to say that Peter remains his best work. The "First kiss" sequence still gives me goosebumps,and the final segment in the attic just before the SS arrives still brings tears. A bravo to Diane Baker as the long suffering Margot.

The fact that director George Stevens shot the film in black and white adds to the tension. I just hope it never gets colorized. I know that the film was nominated for Best Picture, but didnt stand a chance against "Ben Hur",although I would have picked it! When I travel I always take a copy of the book. If the movie comes out on DVD,I may take it too.

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