The Zookeeper's Wife Movie

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Who's Involved:

Jessica Chastain, Michael McElhatton, Kim Zubick, Daniel Brühl, Niki Caro, Iddo Goldberg, Robbie Tollin, Angela Workman, Goran Kostic, Michael Tollin, Johan Heldenbergh, Diane Levin, Shira Haas, Efrat Dor

Release Date:

Friday, March 31 , 2017

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 2 hrs, 6 m

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The Zookeeper's Wife Plot: What's the story?

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

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Film Details & Notes: What do we know about The Zookeeper's Wife?

  1. Academy Award nominee Suzie Davies (Mr. Turner) is the production designer on The Zookeeper’s Wife; Andrij Parekh (Show Me a Hero) is the director of photography; and Bina Daigeler (Only Lovers Left Alive) is the film’s costume designer.
  2. Focus Features will release the film domestically; Universal Pictures International has distribution rights to the film in the U.K., France, Germany, Scandinavia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
  3. Adapted from Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book of the same name which was based on the diaries of Antonina Żabiński.

Crew and Production Credits: Who's making The Zookeeper's Wife?

A look at the The Zookeeper's Wife behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Niki Caro last directed McFarland, USA and North Country. The film's writer Angela Workman last wrote Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Bronte.


Niki Caro


Angela Workman


Diane Levin
Michael Tollin
Robbie Tollin
Kim Zubick

Production Timeline: When did the The Zookeeper's Wife come together?

On or about February 21, 2017 • The film was in Completed status.

On or about June 17, 2016 • The film was in Post-Production status.

On or about October 19, 2015 • The film was in Production status.

Production has begun in the Czech Republic.

On or about April 30, 2013 • The film was in Development status.

Niki Caro has come aboard to direct the World War II story.

On or about September 22, 2010 • The film was in Announced status.

The Zookeeper's Wife Release Date: When was it released?

The Zookeeper's Wife was released in 2017 on Friday, March 31, 2017 in nationwide movie theaters. There were 11 other movies released on the same date, including Ghost in the Shell, The Boss Baby and The Discovery.
United States
March 31, 2017 Nationwide
March 31, 2017

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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