The Diary of Anne Frank

1959, History/Drama, 2h 36m

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In Nazi-occupied Holland in World War II, shopkeeper Kraler hides two Jewish families in his attic. Young Anne Frank (Millie Perkins) 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 (Joseph Schildkraut) returns to the attic many years after the eventual capture of both families and finds his late daughter's diary.

Cast & Crew

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
Ed Wynn
Mr. Albert Dussell
Charles Wagenheim
Sneak Thief (uncredited)
Frank Tweddell
Night Watchman (uncredited)
Delmar Erickson
SS Man (uncredited)
Robert Boon
SS Man (uncredited)
Gretchen Goertz
Sanne Devries (uncredited)
William Kirschner
Workman in Shop (uncredited)
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  • Jul 29, 2013
    The Diary of Anne Frank was filmed too early. Operating within 1950s Hollywood we get a decent sentimental film that doesn't allow the audience to fully understand the horror of the situation and which spoils the tension.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2012
    Very entertaining and informative. Although I have heard that Anne's character portrayed in the film is not how she really was. At least the film itself was good. What stood out was the pacing. Kept it nice and slow. The acting was real well executed. Great facial expression on all the actors. The writing was astute. Just like the synonym I used instead of smart. But it did drag on quite a bit. But nothing to distracting. The characters all had their own personalities and charm. They where all budged in so their was plenty of time to develop all of them. It was also interesting to see what each character brigs to the table. By that I mean how they react with the other characters. Of course we got to see some disagreements and bondings. I have not read the book but I heard that Anne actually hated Richard. Is this true? If so the film is way off. I have also read that their are better films that accurately portray this real life story. If so it should not lower the rating of this one. Whether a film is propaganda and a lie has nothing to do on how good it is artistically. I'm dragging this review so moving on. The production values where really good. The direction was profound and to the point. Overall, this was a really sad true tale that's sure to satisfy and film and history lover.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2011
    very good movie based on the book
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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