Thursday, May 28

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New Rediscovery!

No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Film.
70 Cast and Crew Members Were.

(1981) dir Noel Marshall w/Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Noel Marshall [102 min; DCP]
An unprecedented – and wholly unpredictable – action-adventure film, ROAR follows wildlife preservationist Hank (Marshall), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preserve on the African plains. When his family (real-life wife Tippi Hedren and step-daughter Melanie Griffith) arrive for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.

ROAR is an amazing oddity of a film. These are real live wild animals interacting with Marshall and his actual family members. Most of the ‘stunts’ consist of cast members fleeing in terror from a legitimately rampaging lion. All of this adds up to an unforgettable movie-going experience, so please join us for this year’s bizarro rediscovery from our friends at Drafthouse Films.

“Like watching a live-action Lion King as Mufasa holds a switchblade to your throat.” – Complex

“It’s like Walt Disney went insane and shot a snuff version of Swiss Family Robinson.” – HitFix

“Just watching it feels dangerous.” –

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