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The Insane Story Behind 'Roar', The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made

Roar is the most dangerous movie ever made. Does that sound like hyperbole? It’s not. The 1981 film follows a man who lives peacefully among wild animals in Africa – until his family visits and all hell breaks loose. But the real hell happened behind the scenes; 70 members of the cast and crew were injured on set. And that’s just the beginning of the wild tales about filming Roar.

Director Noel Marshall made the disastrous production of Roar a family affair. He cast his wife Tippi Hedren, her teenage daughter Melanie Griffith, and his two sons John and Jerry. No one in the family made it out of the shoot without suffering serious harm. Griffith, a beauty who went on to have a successful career in Hollywood, had to have facial reconstructive surgery after getting mauled by a lion. Hedren wound up with a fractured leg, and Marshall was hospitalized with gangrene.

Stories about its production prove Roar was absolute insanity. And after all that, it wasn't even released in the United States. When the film finally reached American audiences in 2015, it came with a tagline that says it all: "No animals were harmed in the making of this film. 70 cast and crew members were."