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* AllStarCast: And how!
** For starters, the principal cast consists of Creator/MollyRingwald as Anne, Elisabeth Shue as Margot, Creator/TomCruise as Peter, Music/{{Madonna}} as Olga, Creator/JasonAlexander as Miep, Creator/FrankWelker as Ludvig, Creator/TimothyDalton as Lorenz, Bette Midler as Marie, and Creator/ChristopherWalken as Mengele.
** ''Anne Frank'' also features cameos by the likes of Creator/TimCurry, Creator/RobinWilliams (uncredited, but unmistakable), Creator/FrankOz, {{Music/Prince}}, Creator/BillMurray, Creator/WilliamShatner, Creator/WillSmith[[note]]credited as "the Fresh Prince"; this was his acting debut, a full year before ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''[[/note]], Steven Culp, Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/LaraJillMiller[[note]]who was originally involved with the project in different circumstances, see below[[/note]], Ricki Lake, Creator/BobHope, Creator/StephenFry, John Inman, Creator/DonLaFontaine, Music/PaulMcCartney, Creator/MickeyRooney, Creator/MelBrooks and a special appearance by Creator/ChristopherLee as (a faceless) UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
* [[BannedInChina Banned in Germany]]: And just about everywhere else, for that matter.
* ColbertBump: Because of Disney's humiliation over the film, a lot of people hadn't heard of it until WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick showed the poster in a review.
* CultClassic: The film, despite its rarity and extremely ill repute, has still gained a tiny, largely anonymous yet persistent fanbase. For more in-depth information, see MisaimedFandom.
* ExecutiveMeddling: [[DevelopmentHell This was originally going to be finished by 1986]], and be a much darker PG-rated piece with no songs and Anne was actually going to die in the end. And it was written by Creator/HarlanEllison. However, after ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' flopped in 1985, Disney execs and Molly Ringwald's ego stepped in and retooled it completely again. Also a case of WhatCouldHaveBeen.
* FakeNationality: All-American Creator/MollyRingwald as Anne Frank.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes:
** Almost all of the master tapes, cells, and original drawings were reportedly destroyed shortly after the film was released. You can find a full copy of it on pirated tapes of ''Bambi 2002''.
** The Latin American cut has only one known film reel to have survived, it resides in a museum in Santiago, in a room unavailable to the public. It's screened only once a decade and you have to pay an exorbitant fee to see it.
** The only DVD release thus far is a 20th anniversary edition for the Japanese dub in 2010 (which, ironically, also contains a new dub). It exists because the anime versions of ''Theatre/TheDiaryOfAnneFrank'' are very popular in Japan, which has very few Jews and hence very little cultural sensitivity to what happened during the Holocaust.
* MisaimedFandom: A noticeably large portion of this film's cult followers is made up of Neo-Nazis and other equally-minded individuals ([[NoEndorHolocaust for]] [[EvilIsCool obvious]] [[EvilIsSexy reasons]]), even though the director himself said that he didn't intend to outright lionise the Nazis, but to '[[{{Bowdlerize}} disarm]]' some of their more disturbing deeds so it wouldn't scare children in the audience.
* OldShame: If you talk to any of the actors mentioned on this page, as well as anyone who worked at Disney in the late 1980's, they will totally act like this movie never actually existed and that they don't know what you're talking about. Go on, try it!
* JustForFun/RoleAssociation: In the Italian dubbing, Sgt. Olga is voiced by Amanda Lear. In the 2010 Japanese DVD/BD edition, Anne is voiced by Creator/MaayaSakamoto, and Peter by none other than Creator/TakuyaKimura.
* ThrowItIn: Madonna came up with Sgt. Olga's surname.
** Originally, Olga's dog was not named. It wasn't until some of the actors nicknamed it "Mr. Goebbels" was it put in the script.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** There were some reports of adding an attraction based on this movie to Disney World; namely the German Pavillion of EPCOT was to have added an Auschwitz-related attraction. The reports did not have any details on what exactly the attraction would consist of other than it would be "designed to be entertaining, but educational at the same time". However, before more details could be discerned, the severe backlash from the movie resulted in the project never being mentioned again.
** [[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]] was considered for composing the film's score, but he backed out because he was too busy recording ''The Iron Man''. It makes you wonder how it would've turned out.
** Due to the success of the movie's DVD release in Japan (see KeepCirculatingTheTapes above), a world based on the movie was allegedly planned for ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', complete with boss battle against Mengele in his Archangel form. However, halfway through development, Creator/TetsuyaNomura realized how bizarre and insensitive the concept was, and the world was removed and hastily replaced with one based on ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers''.
*** Relics of the battle's concept can still be seen in the fight against the Belief boss in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'', however.
** Disney, prior to the film's release, developed a plan for a sequel that would focus on Anne's fictional daughter Anya as she searches for her lost younger brother Claus in Cold War-era Berlin, while Stalin's right-hand man Colonel Polov Vlagavich tries to catch her. However, due to the severely disappointing reaction to the film by critics and audience members, production was quickly ended and the animated sequences that were completed were retrofitted into other Disney works.
*** However one solitary piece of the storyboard exists to this day, in the lobby chandelier of Disney's Art Of Animation Hotel in the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World Resort]] hotel. It's hard to see, and most people assume it's from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
*** There are, however, plans by a group of internet animators, musicians, and voice actors to make an unofficial fan production.
*** The [[DesignatedVillain Inspector Javert]] [[LoonyFan fan club]] has expressed outrage at the plot line, because Colonel Vlagavich would be an example of the trope InspectorJavert, and they don't want their hero to be vilified by connection.
** There was some talk of the film being brought into the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' saga. There was even a planned scene of Mickey Mouse himself fighting through a wave of Nazis [[OneManArmy all on his own]] and friggin' '''''killing Hitler!''''' (who's evil was so strong he could control the Heartless) Sadly, this idea was scrapped.
** When the film was being developed around 1984-85, it was going to be written by Creator/HarlanEllison as a darker, PG-rated family drama without songs, and be significantly more faithful to the original book, including Anne actually dying at the end. The failure of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' is credited for setting off a chain reaction resulting in the film that was presented to us briefly in 1989.
*** Initially (re: 1984), the film's cast was slightly different: Creator/LaraJillMiller (at the time starring on ''Series/GimmeABreak'') as Anne, a then-unknown Creator/RiverPhoenix as Peter, [[Series/ThePattyDukeShow Patty Duke]] as Olga, and [[Film/{{Fame}} Valerie Landsburg]] as Margot. Timothy Dalton and Christopher Walken were still in their respective roles of Ludvig (then named Sigmund) and Mengele, while Creator/MadelineKahn, [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Alfonso Ribero]] and Creator/RobbieRist were cast in unspecified roles[[note]]Kahn's character is speculated to be a precursor to Marie Rose-Blanche, while Ribero and Rist were reportedly both considered for the role of Fritz Pfeiffer. While it is still unknown which of the two got the part (they're not telling), other rumors circulate that Rist was cast as an early version of Miep[[/note]]. Only about a week into her recording sessions, Miller was told that her Anne was "too sincere" for Ellison's vision, and she was replaced by the slightly grittier Creator/MollyRingwald. It is unknown how much the other actors completed (if at all) before they too were booted, though some of Miller's voicework was worked into the final film: She "plays" a young Auschwitz prisoner who has one or two lines during the scene leading up to the shower dance.
* VindicatedByVideo
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