Roar (1981)




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Wildlife preservationist Hank lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between two lions erupts and threatens their very lives.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Noel Marshall
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On DVD: Apr 1, 2003
Box Office: $0.1M
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Critic Reviews for Roar

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Good lord, look what the filmmaker dragged in.

Full Review… | May 8, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

ROAR is a thrilling bore, an inanity with actual peril in every scene.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The noble intentions of director-writer-producer Noel Marshall and his actress-wife Tippi Hedren shine through the faults and short-comings of Roar.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Whether you find that hilarious or just plain sad is up to you, but there almost certainly will never be anything like "Roar" again, and that's reason enough to check it out.

Full Review… | May 29, 2015
The Playlist

With Roar, filmmaking feels as dangerous and immediate as bomb defusing.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Consequence of Sound

4 WTFs out of 4. Not as unintentionally entertaining as The Room or Birdemic, but see it with an audience if you can.

Full Review… | May 11, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Roar

This was a fun midnight movie experience, but I'm also shocked at the level of madness it took to make this movie happen. When I first saw the trailer in the spring of 2015 about this film that never showed theatrically in the U.S. with its stats about no animals being harmed but dozens of cast and crew members receiving serious injuries, I was confused whether it was a narrative or a documentary about the making of this dangerous film. Mainly because of director/writer/producer/father Noel Marshall's appearance it appears to be a lost film from the 60s hippie culture period. Raising and "training" the wild lions may have taken quite a bit of time, but ultimately the flick was made as recently as 1981. I was intrigued to see all the big cats on screen (many of which do not naturally live together on the same continents), and, in fact, the wild animals from an elephant, to birds, to all the big cats are given writing credit for this tale. That got a big laugh from the audience, but it makes sense since there is no way to make so many animals play by human rules. Noel's wife, Tippi Hedren, put herself in another situation even more risky than working for Hitchcock in The Birds. Their three real life children are along for the ride as well. The silly plot involves Noel's character Hank building a new wildlife preserve in Africa where his family can live in peace, love, and harmony with the big cuddly beasts roaming freely around. His wife and three grown kids arrive at the airport and ride to the new house with no idea that they are expected to commune with dozens of carnivores. Meanwhile, Hank makes goofy, accident-prone trips to the airport and back to the house looking for his family. There's an African park ranger who works for Hank and his expressions are priceless throughout, especially when Hank eventually connects with his family and inconceivably tells them that everything is perfectly safe. There are subplots with two lions fighting for dominance, as well as big game hunters who don't like Hank's plan cruelly trying to kill as many of the big cats as they can find. This is a movie that will stick with me for its amazing visuals and for being funny for all the wrong reasons.

Byron Brubaker

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Sorry Doug, this was really horrible. I watched it all and it didn't get any better. The main characters voice was extremely annoying! Horrible acting as well. I must say that I was mesmerized by the animals though!

this movie isnt fake. tippi hedren and melanie griffith are in this good cast and they just do everything. there were some funny moments and some sweet moments. and the dying animals made me cry.

Lisa Shaw

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