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Family Ties: Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and more
Why it didn't work: If there was ever a case for families not working together, it would be this mess. Inspired by their own love of animals, Hedren and her then-husband Noel Marshall somehow decided a film featuring lots of potentially dangerous animals could be a fun little project involving the whole family. Shooting on location at the family ranch, Marshall took on writing, directing and producing duties while Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith, along with two of Hedren's stepsons, joined the matriarch on screen. The fun little project, which took over ten years to complete and cost $17 million to make (and grossed a fraction of that), was more or less a home movie with a shabby plot stapled on top of it. There's something about a scientist in Africa, and poachers, and some other stuff. Really, trying to make sense of it is missing the point. The point, to the extent there is one, is to see 150 big cats (in addition to lions, there are cheetahs and leopards and cougars, oh my) roaming about, and to know that they were just as dangerous as smart people might expect (during filming, a lion ripped off the top of the cinematographer's head). Still, something good came of it all -- Hedren created the Shambala Preserve, which she still runs today, and became an outspoken animal activist. Pretty impressive for the gal who got pecked to shreds in "The Birds."
-Liane Bonin Starr