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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

$3,288,835 (USA) (31 March 2017)

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$17,445,186 (USA) (27 June 2017)
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Director Niki Caro stated that her first film cut was nearly three and a half hours long, utilizing the entire screenplay. The final film was required to be two hours in length, and so an hour and a half was cut from the film in the editing room. See more »

Goofs

Several scenes inside the Warsaw zoo show palm trees. At 52 degrees plus north latitude (a bit farther north than Calgary Alberta Canada) Warsaw Poland is way too far north to have palm trees. Therefore the zoo scenes were obviously shot at a more southerly location. See more »

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Antonina Zabinski: People always want to run when they don't know what's coming. It's their first instinct, always to run.
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Referenced in Sama doma: Episode dated 18 April 2017 (2017) See more »

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Piano Sonata No. 1, 2nd Movement, Op. 2
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Jessica Chastain
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The Truth
16 October 2017 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The Nazis were the first to outlaw vivisection; yet we are supposed to believe what this movie tries to tell us? Watch "The Greatest Story Never Told" and "Hellstorm". We have only been given one side of the story by Hollywood/the media. Remember - the victors write the history books. Now with the internet, we have access to the truth. We no longer have to depend on those with an agenda to tell us only one side of the story. Those two documentaries are available for free on youtube. So is "Marching To Zion". All fantastic films. Thank goodness for the internet, where we can do our own research.....but it is up to us to search for it.


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