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Year: 2011
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Elle Fanning, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, John Michael Higgins, Angus Macfadyen, Peter Riegert, Stephanie Szostak, J B Smoove, Carla Gallo, Mchael Panes
Director: Cameron Crowe
Country: USA
USA & UK: 124 mins
USA Rated: PG for language and some thematic elements
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language
USA Release Date: 23 December 2011
UK Release Date: 16 March 2012


Acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (JERRY MAGUIRE, ALMOST FAMOUS) directs WE BOUGHT A ZOO which is based on a true story and is about finding joy, the power of family, and the triumph of hope.

Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is a widowed father who writes for a Los Angeles newspaper. He decides to leave his job and make a fresh start with his two young children by buying an old rural house on 18 acres outside the city along with a dilapidated zoo, which he intends to make his family’s new home.

Rosemoor Animal Park is also home to dozens of animals that reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) and her dedicated team. While facing enormous odds to keep the zoo open on his limited budget, Benjamin must find the courage to recommit to his children. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.

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