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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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Himself (archive footage)
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Bunny Wailer ...
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Judy Mowatt ...
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Diane Jobson ...
Constance Marley ...
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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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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Over 60 people were interviewed for the film. See more »


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


Run For Cover
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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Icon presented, not touched
14 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A much expected documentary about the iconic legendary Bob Marley, which takes us from his childhood straight to his death from cancer, during which we are teased with tidbits of facts from throughout his life, some of which seem pointless and without really expanding on Marley, the icon, the person.

Being fresh from watching the immense work of art and ultimate tribute to Bob Marley which is the vastly superior "The Land of Look Behind" Kevin MacDonald's documentary apparently lacked the heart, being less of a tribute and you could almost feel that this is a laboured project done without much real interest. Strictly biographical it does attempt to pull on emotional threads to get the audience properly attuned, but rarely is this honest. Another point of contention is steering away from the more political aspects of his music (the song "Buffalo Soldiers" isn't even mentioned) and skin-deep portrayal of rastafarianizm and Marley's role in it. An additional issue is the presentation of reggae as something 'discovered' by Bob Marley.

That said the movie is entirely watchable and enjoyable for the long runtime of 140 min., mainly due to the music, which goes without saying is brilliant. The best scenes however are during the end credits, when the true meaning of the Marley icon is presented. Nonetheless even then is does not even get anywhere near the accomplishment of the mentioned "Land of Look Behind"

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