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Young Tom and his misfit friends fight to save 'Buster' the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of Belfast in 1941.


Colin McIvor


Colin McIvor
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Credited cast:
Toby Jones ... Security Guard Charlie
Penelope Wilton ... Denise Austin
Art Parkinson ... Tom Hall
Amy Huberman ... Emily Hall
Ian McElhinney ... Mr. Shawcross
Stephen Hagan ... Jake McClune
Damian O'Hare ... George Hall
James Stockdale ... Mickey
Emily Flain ... Jane Berry
Lalor Roddy ... Curfew Warden 1
Clare McMahon Clare McMahon ... Nurse
Ian O'Reilly ... Pete
Maggie Cronin ... Matron
Pauline Hutton ... Miss Rainey
Geraldine McAlinden ... Pete and Mickey's Mother


Young Tom and his misfit friends fight to save 'Buster' the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of Belfast in 1941.

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Family | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

: Rated PG for thematic elements, some war action and language | See all certifications »



Ireland | UK



Release Date:

8 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Parts of the movie were shot inside the actual Belfast Zoo. See more »

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Bring the family!
21 March 2018 | by tim-17993See all my reviews

During March Break TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival) had a kids film festival. We were able to take 3 of our 4 kids (aged 7 to 13) to see this film.

This film was simply great. It is based on a true story of what happened with a Zoo in Belfast during the Nazi bombing raids. As you can imagine zoo animals breaking free due to the bombings could pose a serious threat to the people in the area. For that reason the government decided to take pre-emptive action of putting down the dangerous animals. The story focuses on one boys mission to save an elephant from that fate. But he can't do it alone.

At the end of the film there was a unanimous round of applause. But, even more telling was that as we departed the theatre it seemed as though everyone was discussing their favourite parts. Many of the kids could be heard excitedly talking about what they would have done had they been in that situation. To me that is the hallmark of a film that really connected with its audience. I can see my parents and grandparents also enjoying this film, so I would recommend it for all ages.

As soon as it is released, I'm planning to take our other daughter who had to miss it the first time - I suspect I won't be taking her alone.

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