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Drafthouse Films Acquires ’80s Cult Classic ‘Roar,’ Plans Theatrical Release

Drafthouse Films Acquires '80s Cult Classic 'Roar,' Plans Theatrical Release

When actress Tippi Hedren and her manager/husband Noel Marshall decided to devote their lives to creating a sanctuary for big cats in Africa, they were told lions refuse to live together unless they are raised together. So Hedren and Marshall did what any logical, reasonable couple would do: they raised over 100 lions in their home in Beverly Hills, where they lived with their children.

This adventure is documented in 1981’s “Roar,” a critical and box-office disaster that has since gained notoriety and something of a cult following as a real-life thriller. It also features a young Melanie Griffith. The movie is full of surprises. And tigers.

Tim League, founder of Drafthouse Films, said, “You’ve never seen a movie like ‘Roar’ and there will never, ever be a movie like ‘Roar’ again. We are extremely proud to expose ‘Roar’ to a whole new audience and salute its esteemed place on the ‘Holy F***ing S***’ shelf for all the right reasons.”

There is a theatrical release planned for April 2015, to be followed by a release on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray.

[Author’s Note: Please do not confuse this film with the Katy Perry song of the same name, though if someone wanted to make a mash-up video, I would not complain.]

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