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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)
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With a budget of around US $17 million, this picture has been described as the most expensive home movie ever made. See more »


After Hank goes to the airport to get his family, on his return trip, he picks up Mativo and the tigers. Mativo's bike is placed in the trunk with the front wheel hanging out. Further down the road, the trunk is closed with no bike hanging out. Still further, the bike is again hanging out. See more »


Hank: Okay cat. Hello lions. Hello lions! What'ya doin'? What's that rogue Togar doing here? God, Togar, why today of all days?
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9 August 2015 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Jesus Christ! I've read a lot about this since it was resurrected a while back, but nothing quite prepares you for just how insane it is. It is as if Timothy Treadwell had decided to make a sitcom starring his beloved grizzly bears. The Treadwell here is Noel Marshall, Hollywood producer and husband of Tippi Hedron. The two were obsessed with lions, so they wrote this picture, where a family lives with like 50 different big cats, mostly lions but also several tigers, cheetahs, leopards, etc. There are also some elephants. The script is nearly nonexistent - I mean, how exactly are you going to get 50 giant cats to do what you want? So the idea is just to write a bare sketch of a plot and then throw your cast (which mostly consists of Marshall, Hedron and their children) to the lions like it's ancient Rome or something. Besides Noel Marshall, who probably should have been in a mental institution, the rest of the family members and other cast look terrified much of the time. At one point, one of the Marshall sons has to speak the line "I don't have to be in Chicago until next week!" A lion jumps up on him halfway through the line and you can hear his voice quiver. Of course, Melanie Griffith is one of the kids. Amazingly, no human died during the many years of production (some lions did, though, when the ranch was flooded). The film itself is far from great, but it's a must-see.

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Release Date:

30 October 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Roar See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,064, 19 April 2015

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