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The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

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The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

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... Antonina Zabinska
... Jan Zabinski
... Lutz Heck
... Ryszard Zabinski (Younger)
... Magda Gross
... Maurycy Fraenkel
... Urszula
... Jerzyk
Val Maloku ... Ryszard Zabinski (Older)
... Regina Kenigswein
Daniel Ratimorský ... Samuel Kenigswein
... Miecio Kenigswein
Theo Preston ... Stefcio Kenigswein (as Theodore Preston)
Viktoria Zakharyanova ... Stefania Keningswein (as Viktoria Zakharyanová)
... Mr. Kinszerbaum
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War brews over Warsaw in 1939, and while life is still running its course, the Germans are slowly beginning to make their presence felt, with Hitler secretly preparing for the German invasion of Poland. Under those circumstances, the young couple of Jan and Antonina Zabinski continue their daily routine as owners and keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, but soon, as German Luftwaffe's Stukas hammer the Polish capital, their life's work together with the city, will turn to ashes. However, with the zoo liquidated for the war effort and many of its animals tragically perished, what was once an animals' zoo, will now serve as a sanctuary where Antonina, the humanist veterinarian, and Jan can hide the persecuted Polish Jews in plain sight until safe houses are found. That was Jan and Antonina's formidable, yet perilous plan, who regardless of the consequences, refused to wither before the Nazi menace, took matters into their own hands and sheltered 300 Jews under the Germans' noses. Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking | See all certifications »

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7 April 2017 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,288,835, 31 March 2017, Limited Release

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$17,445,186, 27 June 2017
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All the animals you see are real, there is no CGI use. See more »

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At 39 min when the pigs are arriving in to the zoo, behind the actors you can clearly see a truck made in the 2000's. See more »

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Antonina Zabinski: You can never tell who your enemies are, or who to trust. Maybe that's why I love animals so much. You look in their eyes, and you know exactly what's in their hearts. They're not like people.
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Referenced in Za scénou: Martha Issová (2018) See more »

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The Swan
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by Jessica Chastain
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An emotionally manipulative mess.
17 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

I can see why this film never really garnered a wide-release and was completely under the radar for any televised awards show. This film is worse than bad. It portrays the main characters as incompetent and idiotic instead of the brave and intelligent people that they were. But to be fair, this is due more to the awful writing than the performances (which were fine). The writing devolved a potentially gripping and dramatic story into melodramatic schlock. If you are looking for a good representation of the struggles of the holocaust, watch Schindler's List, Boy in the Striped Pajamas or read "Maus" or "Night"; please do not watch this garbage.


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