The Diary of Anne Frank | Full Movie

The Diary of Anne Frank
  • NR
  • 2h 59m
  • 1959
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A diary discovered in the attic of an Amsterdam factory reveals the plight of a Jewish refugee family that lived there in hiding for two years.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Time Out

One of those extremely long and well-meaning adaptations of plays, this doesn't really amount to v...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

Mr. Stevens has done a superb job of putting upon the screen the basic drama and shivering authent...

June 17, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
Walter V. Addiego

June 22, 2017
Dan Jardine

The strength of both families in the face of such frightening conditions provides the film with a...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Poignant adaptation is still powerful decades later.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Holocaust drama, while not explicitly violent, explores some mature themes about WWII, captivity, and self-preservation, religious persecution, and perseverance. Although many kids have read (or at least heard about) Anne Frank by the time they're in middle school, the movie based on her diary includes some tense and potentially frightening scenes of what life was like for Jews in hiding. Those hiding in the annex bicker, have nightmares, and in the case of Mr. Van Daan, even steal food from each other. There are a couple of disturbing images of armed Nazis and rounded-up Jews, as well as a general sense of foreboding as the Franks and their friends await their inevitable capture. Although the issue of sexuality is rather chaste, Anne and Peter do flirt, share a few stolen kisses, and give each other several longing looks. Ultimately, Anne Frank remains a beacon of hope, an eternal optimist amidst the most horrifying of circumstances.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Military & War, Biopic, Drama
  • Release Date:March 18, 1959
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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