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A family goes to Africa to meet their father who lives with wild lions.


Noel Marshall


Noel Marshall, Ted Cassidy (additional script material)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tippi Hedren ... Madelaine
Noel Marshall 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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The most dangerous movie ever made See more »


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Release Date:

12 November 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran rugido See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

American Filmworks See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the promotion of this picture, Tippi Hedren categorically stated that there would never be a 'Roar 2' sequel. 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 »


Jerry: *in response to lions eating a carcass* Holy mackerel! Look at that!
Madelaine: I don't believe what I'm seeing!
Jerry: Those can't be dad's lions!
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Crazy Credits

Written and Directed by Noel Marshall and Friends See more »


Referenced in Mansfield 66/67 (2017) See more »

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User Reviews

In the belly of the beast they ROAR!
21 December 2001 | by DeepackSee all my reviews

There's nothing fake about this film. It's shot beautifully, on real locations. Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith head a talented and fearless cast, who literally throw themselves in the jaws of the beasts over and over again. The picture has a terrific rhythm and is fun to watch but I couldn't help dwelling upon how dangerous a film it must have been to make. Although there were some poignant and funny moments like the scenes where dauntless John Marshall tries to pull his boat away from the shore but the lion keeps pulling it back or when he hides in a barrel filled with water and the lions begin to drink from it. The story seems simplistic in structure but is really quite profound in the way Marshall draws sympathy for the animals, brilliantly shot by John De Bont. The closeups of the dying beasts will bring tears to your eyes. This is must see for anyone who believes that filmmaking is artificial and safe.

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