Marley (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Music  |  20 April 2012 (UK)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.


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


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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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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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 »


Corner Stone (Jah Is Mighty Alternate)
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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22 April 2012 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Kevin Macdonald is one of those rare directors who has had commercial success with both documentary and mainstream films. His Last King of Scotland featured a powerful performance from Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, and in Touching the Void, he chronicled a perilous mountain climbing trip in the Andes. Here, he takes on the fascinating life of musician and humanitarian, Bob Marley.

This extraordinary film features some wonderful never before seen video and still photography, as well as some very insightful interviews from friends, family, bandmates, and others who were present during that time. We see the poverty stricken area of Jamaica where Marley was born to his mother (a local teenager) and his father, a 60-something white man who evidently worked for the forest department.

It's truly fascinating to watch Marley's development as a musician and human being. With little education, he relied on stunning life instincts and rose to be the most important Jamaican figure in a time of intense discourse. His personality was one that brought people together, and his music complimented his beliefs and encouraged a unified country and world. While he survived an assassination attempt, he was unable to beat cancer. His death at the young age of 36, leaves us asking ... what could have been? Watching his Wailers begin by playing for free in small clubs and building to worldwide tours in huge stadiums shows just how much influence he had with his words, music and actions. He was admired globally and revered in Jamaica. So often biographies and documentaries treat their subject as either a saint or villain. Here, we get the descriptions from Marley's own voice, as well as the voices of his wife Rita, his children (including Ziggy), his girlfriends (including Cindy Breakspeare who was Miss World). We learn he had 11 kids with multiple women. We learn he wasn't the warmest father to his kids. We learn he was courageous and insightful, and always willing to listen to both sides of an argument.

For most, being an influential musician would be enough. For Bob Marley, it was just the key to the door ... his vision was for a peaceful world where we could all "get together and feel alright". You will notice I have yet to mention marijuana. Marley's face has become a symbol for Jamaica's key export, and that's a shame ... more need to know what this man was all about.

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