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Roar

  • Starring: Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall, Melanie Griffith
  • Director: Noel Marshall
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Thriller
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 102 min.

(Originally released in 1981.) Wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director) lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren and step-daughter Melanie Griffith) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives. [Drafthouse Films]

"Something this bad can’t help but be good."
- Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"There’s really not much going on with Roar storywise. But then you take a step back and think about what it is that you’re watching. My viewing of Roar was set to a soundtrack of “Oh my God!” and “Holy crap!”, all of my own making."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"I'm giving this an "A" letter grade because I find it utterly absorbing, start to finish. I don't know if I think it's a good film, but it is a powerfully compelling film. Perhaps my favorite kind of strange or insane film is the personal passion project, and "Roar" is one of the most remarkable examples of this."
- Drew McWeeny, HitFix

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