The Zookeeper's Wife

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  124 min.
Release Date: March 31, 2017
DVD: July 4, 2017
Blu-ray: July 4, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.25
based on 70 votes and 28 reviews
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Cast: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton


In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.

When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned, and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl).

To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of people whose homes are in what has become the Warsaw Ghetto. Allowing Jewish escapees to hide within the confines of their zoo, Antonina will put herself and even her children at great risk.

Based on the book The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman.

Director: Niki Caro
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Screenplay: Angela Workman
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  • 1 star "Jessica Chastain is a block of ice."
  • 5 stars "Excellent"
  • 4 stars "Excellent film. Okay first off there are a couple of reviews are here talking about the violence they must live in a glass bubble or something . First off there is some violence but nothing that graphic. The couple of people who are saying that obvious have not watched saving private ryan . Hacksaw ridge , or platoon . Those were graphic war movies this had some violence it the movie but nothing i repeat nothing that was disturbing . And the reviewer said not suitable for children well if you read the story line before you watched it you new it was not really about the zoo. It was about human zoo but not animals . I guess they need to stick to Disney movies . This movie was great well acted Jessica was amazing in it and can see a little oscar buzz here. The story was told well and it was interesting to see the danger they put them selves in do not listen to the negative reviews . this is a war film not a kids movie . Not sure why the reviewer thought this was going to be all nice nice. Again the violence was nothing that bad. the one person said they could not watch the movie for all the violence . Gee they must have got a different film . The film is good war film and done very well . My opinion worth the rent"