Watch the trailer on YouTube: "Anne Frank" Trailer
The film had many famous actors/actresses appearing in it, and some new ones as well; all of them performed amazingly in the film.
The cast was:
- Hannah Taylor Gordon as Anne Frank
- Ben Kingsley as Otto Frank
- Tatjana Blacher as Edith Frank
- Jessica Manley as Margot Frank
- Brenda Blethyn as Auguste van Pels
- Nicholas Audsley as Peter van Pels
- Joachim Krol as Hermann van Pels
- Jan Niklas as Fritz Pfeffer
- Lili Taylor as Miep Gies
- Victoria Anne Brown as Jacque van Maarsen
- Jade Williams as Hanneli Goslar
Director: Robert Dornhelm
Screenplay: Kirk Ellis
Music: Graeme Revell
Based on the Biography by: Melissa Muller
The two-part series was made by ABC and Buena Vista; it was based on the well-known biography of Anne Frank by Austrian Melissa Muller, called Ann'e Frank: The Biography.
There was a disagreement between the filmmakers and the Anne Frank Foundation because the filmmakers wanted to depict in the film that the cleaning lady at 263 Prinsengracht was the one who betrayed
the Franks, the van Pels and Mr. Pfeffer, as Melissa Muller wrote in the biography, even though there is no proof to support this claim.
In the end, the Anne Frank Foundation denied the filmmakers the rights to
, which meant that the filmmakers could not include any quotations from Anne's diary in the film; this explains the absence of any such quotes.
The film is rated 12A in the UK and Ireland, and TV-14 in the US, because it depicts in detail the horrors of the concentration camps, including a particularly unpleasant scene in which Anne, Margot, Edith and Mrs. van Pels are stripped of their valuables, their clothing and their hair in Auschwitz-Birkenau, a scene which a lot of people would find disturbing. Dead bodies are also shown in the film, in
cluding Margot's dead body in one of the final scenes.
It is 190 minutes, making it quite a long film; it is available on DVD in most DVD stores.