Welcome Login to rate movies, write reviews and much more


Year: 2017
Original Title: The Zookeeper's Wife
Length: 127 minutes
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Age rating: Suitable for 12 years and over
View trailer

Release Dates

United Kingdom: April 21 2017

United States: March 31 2017


Ranking: 15 out of 16,089 movies (up 7)


6.9 by 6 users

6.0 by Movie'n'co

5.6 by 7 media


This historical drama is directed by Niki Caro ('Whale Rider', 'North Country') and written by Angela Workman. It is based on a true story, told in the homonymous 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 Jews' lives, by keeping them hidden in the animal cages of their zoo. 'The Zookeeper's Wife' tells the story of how they put their lives at risk in order to hide hundreds of people from the eye of the German Army. Among the cast, we can also find actor Daniel Brühl.


Cast The Zookeper's Wife

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Antonina Zabinska

Johan Heldenbergh

Johan Heldenbergh

Jan Zabinski

Daniel Brühl

Daniel Brühl

Lutz Heck

Iddo Goldberg

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 Diane Ackerman's non-fiction book was greatly inspired by the unpublished diary of Antonina Zabinska and Jan Zabinski, the director of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland.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.