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Zoo (2017)

PG | | Family, History, War | 8 June 2018 (USA)
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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.


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Credited cast:
Toby Jones ... Security Guard Charlie
Penelope Wilton ... Denise Austin
Art Parkinson ... Tom Hall
Ian McElhinney ... Mr. Shawcross
Amy Huberman ... Emily Hall
Damian O'Hare ... George Hall
Stephen Hagan ... Jake McClune
Ian O'Reilly ... Pete
Lalor Roddy ... Curfew Warden 1
Emily Flain ... Jane Berry
James Stockdale ... Mickey
Maggie Cronin ... Matron
Seamus O'Hara ... Soldier at Zoo Gate
Geraldine McAlinden ... Pete and Mickey's Mother
Ciaran Nolan Ciaran Nolan ... Curfew Warden 2


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

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

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Release Date:

8 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Зоопарк See more »


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Did You Know?


In real life Denise was a lot younger than portrayed in the film and worked in the zoo herself. She had no family. She died on 17 July 1997, was cremated and buried in Ardess graveyard near Kesh, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. A small stone elephant was placed on her grave earlier this year in memory of her actions during the Belfast Blitz. See more »

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sweet kids story
30 August 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1941 Belfast. Tom Hall is excited about the arrival of baby elephant Buster to the zoo. His father is its veterinarian and is sent off to war. After a night of bombing, officials order the killing of the zoo's predators fearing an escape of the dangerous animals. Tom is horrified and he learns that Buster could be next if the bombings continue. Tom decides to liberate Buster with the help of troubled classmate Jane Berry. They recruit big kid Pete. On the night of the rescue, Pete brings along his dwarf brother Mickey. The group is discovered by Security Guard Charlie (Toby Jones) but he allows them to escape. They are forced to hide Buster in the backyard of reclusive animal lady Denise Austin.

This is a sweet story for kids and for kids at heart. This is one for the animal lovers. If it's missing anything, it's missing a more threatening villain. The bully kid could have more time on screen. He could have intensified the tension. As it stands, the tension isn't that high. The kids are sweet. The relationship is heart-breaking. At least, that's a fictionalization of the true story.

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