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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.


Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Himself (archive footage)
Danny Sims ...
Cindy Breakspeare ...
Himself (as Lee Perry)
Constance Marley ...
Chris Blackwell ...
Bunny Wailer ...
Himself (as Neville Bunny Wailer Livingston)
The Wailers ...
Lee Jaffe ...
Aston Barrett ...
Himself (as Aston Family Man Barrett)
Marcia Griffiths ...


Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. The definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super-stardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, there is rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. Written by Magnolia Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, thematic elements and some violent images | See all certifications »





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Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bob Marley: Stay with the Rhythm  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$262,004 (USA) (20 April 2012)


$1,412,124 (USA) (10 August 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To his surprise, Kevin Macdonald discovered that there is not one single piece of footage of Bob Marley from the first 10 years of his performing career (1962 - 1973). See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.129 (2012) See more »


Natty Dread
Written by Allen Cole & Rita Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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User Reviews

Tremendously moving film -- see it in the theater
4 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm old enough to have dug Bob Marley when he was actually alive and performing. AND I was fortunate enough to produce some jingles in Tuff Gong Studio for Air Jamaica. So I was around the scene, post-Marley, and I played his music endlessly for a decade or two.

Then I discovered salsa, and Latin Jazz, and the Afro-Cuban sound, and let my Marley go.

Well, now I have my Marley back. This film took me into parts of Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica that I have never seen and never want to see. Even after reading Timothy White's marvelous biography of Marley, "Catch A Fire," I couldn't imagine how horrible Trenchtown was until this movie.

It gave me a deep appreciation for how far this young man traveled in his tragically brief time on this particular planet.

He wasn't nice, he wasn't easy, but he was brilliantly talented and surrounded himself with other talented, fascinating people. Yes, folks are moaning about the movie not having enough music, but ... it has lots of heart and conversation and laughs and empathetic understanding of the Marley story -- and the story of Jamaica, one of the most beautiful and agonizing places I have ever been. I can't recommend this film highly enough. (Gosh, I hope there are no spoilers here. Can you write a spoiler for a documentary of a widely known figure?)

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