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A naturalist living with big cats in East Africa expects a visit by his family of four from Chicago. A mix-up leaves him searching for his family, who have been left in the clutches of wild lions.


Noel Marshall


Noel Marshall, Ted Cassidy (additional script material)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tippi Hedren ... Madelaine
Noel Marshall ... Hank
Melanie Griffith ... Melanie
John Marshall John Marshall ... John
Jerry Marshall Jerry Marshall ... Jerry
Kyalo Mativo Kyalo Mativo ... Mativo
Frank Tom Frank Tom ... Frank
Steve Miller Steve Miller ... Prentiss
Rick Glassey Rick Glassey ... Rick
Lenord Bokwa Lenord Bokwa ... Airport Personnel
Shamasi Sarumi Shamasi Sarumi ... Airport Personnel
Will Hutchins ... Committee Member
Eve Rattner Eve Rattner ... Committee Member
Peter Thiongo Peter Thiongo ... Committee Member
Zakes Mokae ... Committee Member (as Zakes Moakae)


Ravening jungle beasts assemble in flocks to invade an otherwise quiet home where they terrorize the visiting family of their keeper. Written by alfiehitchie & tipsyheadrinse

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No animals were harmed in the making of this film. 70 cast and crew members were. See more »


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The production filming schedule for this movie was originally project estimated to require six months. It ended up taking four years to complete principal photography. See more »


Camera clearly visible strapped to the side of the motorcycle when John flees the lions and tigers on it. See more »


Hank: Oh that's Johnny Lion. You never have to worry about John.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits features this text: "Since the choice was made to use untrained animals and since for the most part they chose to do as they wished, it's only fair they share the writing and directing credits." See more »


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Who Knew Tippi Had It In Her?!?!?!
21 August 2008 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

It turns out that birds aren't the only critters to have given actress Tippi Hedren a rough time on screen! In "Roar" (1981), a film that Tippi and her then-husband Noel Marshall--along with sons John and Jerry and daughter Melanie Griffith--star in (Tippi and Noel also wrote, produced and directed), all manner of wild animals turn up to give the actress some fairly tense moments. In this virtually plot less film, a mother and her three kids go to Africa to visit their scientist husband/father after an absence of three years. Dad's not at home when they arrive, but around 30 large cats--lions, tigers, jaguars, etc.--are, and proceed to chase the family all around the abode. These animals are never shown in a bad light, however; this is very much a pro-conservation film that espouses all wildlife causes. That is all well and good, but the film's primary appeal, it must be said, is the Marshalls' fearless interaction with the big cats. Seeing Noel dive into a group of fighting lions and come out bloodied but happily beaming is really quite remarkable. Tippi reveals herself to be quite an extraordinary stuntwoman, too; just watch her get tossed about by an elephant, fall off a tipping ladder into a pond, climb down a waterwheel, and roll around with the lions! We are told at the picture's beginning that no animals were harmed during its (11-year!) filming; I for one could use a further reassurance about the movie's humans! Siegfried & Roy, eat your hearts out; no lion tamer act will ever seem impressive after one sees what Noel and family do during the course of this film! "How did they ever make this thing?" is the question that springs to mind constantly during a viewing of "Roar"; the human-animal interactions shown are like nothing you have ever seen. In that, it is a completely sui generis experience, and, despite a few genuinely scary moments, perfectly suitable for watching with the kiddies. Very highly recommended.

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Release Date:

30 October 1981 (Australia) See more »

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Roar See more »

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California, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,064, 19 April 2015

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2.39 : 1
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