The Diary of Anne Frank (1980 film)

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The Diary of Anne Frank
Based onThe Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Written byFrances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Directed byBoris Sagal
StarringMelissa Gilbert
Maximilian Schell
Joan Plowright
James Coco
Doris Roberts
Music byBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Raymond Katz
Producer(s)Arthur Lewis
CinematographyTed Voigtlander
Editor(s)Garth Craven
Ronald Smith
Running time109 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseNovember 17, 1980 (1980-11-17)

The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1980 American made-for-television biographical drama film which originally aired on NBC on November 17, 1980. Like the 1959 film of the same name, it was written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and directed by Boris Sagal. Unlike the 1959 film, the TV-film focuses more on character development than suspense, and is considerably shorter than the 1959 version.

Scott Jacoby, the actor portraying Peter Van Daan in the film, is the real-life grandson of Lou Jacobi, who portrayed Peter's father, Hans Van Dann, in the 1959 film. The family is of Jewish descent.

Melissa Gilbert plays Anne Frank but is best known for her portrayal of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s drama Little House on the Prairie.

The film received mixed reviews leaving out the restriction of the Jewish faith, as well as the scene where Anne is told by her father, Otto Frank, to stay away from the windows in order to be avoided of being spotted by the green police.



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).

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