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The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)


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This is the autobiographical drama of a young Dutch Jewish girl hiding from the invading Nazis during World War II. Anne and her family share a claustrophobic attic with another family. Tension is often unbearable, as the people hiding know that their discovery by the enemy could lead to almost certain death at the hands of their captors. They also must contend with the Dutch Gestapo or "Green Police," who will turn them over to the Nazis if discovered. Dutch nationals risk their lives by hiding


Drama, Classics

Anne Frank, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett

Feb 3, 2004


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One of those extremely long and well-meaning adaptations of plays, this doesn't really amount to very much, despite its intrinsically moving subject matter.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Stevens has done a superb job of putting upon the screen the basic drama and shivering authenticity of the Frances Goodrich-Albert Hackett play, which in turn caught the magnitude of drama in the real-life diary of a Jewish girl.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Represents Stevens at the height of his pretentiousness and the depths of his accomplishment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The strength of both families in the face of such frightening conditions provides the film with a moral center and tragic power that overcome its minor weaknesses.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

A poignant drama bringing us into the lives of Anne Frank, whose diary inspired millions seeking to understand why such a sweet, innocent child could be murdered in the Holocaust.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Remains a potent statement about the horrors of war and a valid testament to the girl who could answer them by writing, 'I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.' [Blu-ray]

June 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A vivid and carefully produced work of poignancy and loss.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

More valuable as historical than artistic work, George Stevens' reverential Broadway-to-Hollywood transfer is marred by the weak lead performance from Millie Perkins.

May 1, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Its ideals are concerned less with the horrors of 1940s Germany and more with the optimistic, hopeful attitude of 1950s America.

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (2)
Apollo Guide

Stevens took some stick for casting an unknown as Anne, but his decision paid off as Perkins is refreshingly unmannered in the role.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

The Anne Frank saga remains moving, personal, and relavant, no matter how distant we become in time.

March 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A poignant, moving film of hope and tragedy.

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Faithful and affecting (if long).

April 13, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

The first film to deal with the Holocaust on such an affecting and personal level, this is a powerful and painfully tragic film.

September 25, 2001 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Diary of Anne Frank

book is better
April 11, 2012
erika bruhns

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A classic movie based on a classic novel/diary of the real experiences of a girl living in Nazi Germany. This movie really brings the events to life, and I highly recommend seeing it.
November 19, 2010

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Touching classic based upon true events in WWII on Diary of Anne Frank. I read the Book twice and every tiny bit of the words in the book sucked me in to it. A tragedy.
December 2, 2009
Wahida K

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excellant very moving and very intersting in the life of a jewish girl being tracked down by the nazi reli worth a watch excellant history of the ww2
May 5, 2008
Film Crazy

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