Year: 2017

Original Title: The Zookeeper's Wife

Country: USA

Length: 127 minutes

Budget: $20,000,000

Genre: Biography, Drama, History


Distributor: Universal Pictures

Suitable for 12 years and over

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Release Dates

United Kingdom: April 21 2017

United States: March 31 2017


Ranking: 57 out of 12,803 movies (up 51)


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This historical drama is directed by Niki Caro and written by Angela Workman. It is based on a true story, that is told in the non-fiction book written by Diane Ackerman. Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh play the Zabinski couple. Jan and Antonina Zabinski were the owners of a Zoo in the town of Warsaw, Poland, during the Second World War. This married couple went down in history for saving countless human and animal lives, keeping them hidden in animal cages of their Zoo. The releasing day of this movie, which shot the majority of its scenes in Prague (Czech Republic) is scheduled for March 31 of 2017 in the United States of America.


Cast The Zookeper's Wife

Jessica Chastain

Antonina Zabinska

Johan Heldenbergh

Jan Zabinski

Daniel Brühl

Lutz Heck

Iddo Goldberg

Maurycy Fraenkel



Trivia The Zookeper's Wife

In-between takes, Jessica Chastain claims she was taught "the nastiest German" swear-words by co-star Daniel Brühl. Diane Ackerman's non-fiction book was greatly inspired by the unpublished diary of Antonina Zabinska and Jan Zabinski, the director of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland. Real-life lion baby cubs were used on set.