The Diary of Anne Frank is a television movie produced in 1980, originally aired on NBC. Like the 1959 film, the screenplay was written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and directed by Boris Sagal. Unlike the 1959 film, the TV-movie focuses more on character development than suspense, and is considerably shorter than the 1959 version.
Scott Jacoby, the actor portraying Peter van Daan in this film, is the real-life grandson of Lou Jacobi, who portrayed Hans van Daan, Peter's father, in the 1959 film. The family is of Jewish descent.
The film was nominated for one Golden Globe award in 1981, for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. It was nominated for three Emmy awards, also in 1981, for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup (Scott H. Eddo and Stanley Smith), Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or a Special (Ted Voigtlander), and Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Class (Rita Bennett, women's costumer, and Bill Blackburn, men's costumer).