The Diary of Anne Frank (1980 film)

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
Production
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
DistributorNBC
Release
Original networkNBC
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, the screenplay 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 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.

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

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

Cast