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Marley -- A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
Marley -- Marleyis the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom.

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Release Date:
20 April 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Plot:
A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One love. One doc'... See more (36 total) »

Cast

 

Bob Marley ... Himself (archive footage)

Ziggy Marley ... Himself

Jimmy Cliff ... Himself

Rita Marley ... Herself

Cedella Marley ... Herself
Danny Sims ... Himself

Lee 'Scratch' Perry ... Himself (as Lee Perry)
Chris Blackwell ... Himself
The Wailers ... Themselves
Constance Marley ... Herself
Cindy Breakspeare ... Herself
Bunny Wailer ... Himself (as Neville Bunny Wailer Livingston)
Peter Marley ... Himself
Neville Garrick ... Himself
Clive Chin ... Himself
Desmond Smith ... Himself (as Desmond Desi Smith)
Carlton Davis ... Himself (as Carlton Santa Davis)
Bob Andy ... Himself
Ibis Pitts ... Himself
Imogene Wallace ... Herself (as Imogene Aunt Amy Wallace)
Judy Mowatt ... Herself
Margaret James ... Herself (as Mrs Margaret James)
Pascaline Bongo Ondimba ... Herself
Carlton Fraser ... Himself (as Dr. Carlton Pee-Wee Fraser)
Allan Cole ... Himself (as Allan Skill Cole)
Nancy Burke ... Herself
Donald Kinsey ... Himself
Tony Welch ... Himself
Edward Seaga ... Himself
Junior Marvin ... Himself
Dudley Sibley ... Himself
Evelyn Higgin ... Herself (as Evelyn Dotty Higgin)
Marcia Griffiths ... Herself
Diane Jobson ... Herself
Derek Higgin ... Himself
Hugh Creek Peart ... Himself (as Hugh Creek Sledgo Peart)
Lloyd McDonald ... Himself (as Lloyd Bread McDonald)
Conroy Cooper ... Himself (as Dr Conroy Cooper)
Alvin Patterson ... Himself (as Alvin Seeco Patterson)
Aston Barrett ... Himself (as Aston Family Man Barrett)
Waltraud Ullrich ... Himself
Lee Jaffe ... Himself
Eddie Sims ... Himself
Dennis Thompson ... Himself

Directed by
Kevin Macdonald 
 
Produced by
Steve Bing .... executive producer
Chris Blackwell .... executive producer
Geraldine Hawkins .... line producer
Ziggy Marley .... executive producer
Suzette Newman .... associate producer
Zach Schwartz .... co-producer
Charles Steel .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Mike Eley 
Alwin H. Küchler  (as Alwin H. Kuchler)
Wally Pfister 
 
Film Editing by
Dan Glendenning 
 
Production Management
Natalie Thompson .... location production manager: Jamaica
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelle Coomber .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Fredrik Nordbeck .... typography
 
Sound Department
Niv Adiri .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Bang .... additional sound
Ben Barker .... sound editor
Ben Barker .... sound effects editor
Yves Coméliau .... additional sound
Mick Duffield .... sound mixer
Simon Farmer .... additional sound
Danny Freemantle .... sound effects editor
Glenn Freemantle .... sound designer
Glenn Freemantle .... supervising sound editor
Devin Golub .... additional sound
Nina Hartstone .... dialogue editor
Doug Kochenbach .... additional sound
Caleb Mose .... sound mixer
Emilie O'Connor .... dialogue editor
Scott Ouellette .... additional sound
Courtney Schade .... commentary coordinator
Adam Scrivener .... sound mix technician
Timothy Siddall .... sound mix technician
Ian Tapp .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Wollmann .... additional sound
 
Visual Effects by
Fiorenza Bagnariol .... digital film bureau
Simone Coco .... digital compositor
Peter Collins .... digital intermediate
Adam Glasman .... DI colourist
Louise Hussey .... visual effects producer
Hayden Jones .... visual effects supervisor
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau
Matthew Lawrence .... digital compositor
Laura Pavone .... digital film bureau
Jonathan Privett .... digital effects supervisor: Rushes
Eleanor Rogers .... digital compositor
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luke Archer .... assistant camera
Adrian Boot .... stills photographer
Earl Brown .... gaffer
Tony Bryan .... gaffer
Lindsay Oliver Donald .... stills photographer
Peter Emery .... director of photography: second unit
Neville Garrick .... stills photographer
Arthur Gorson .... stills photographer
Cai Hall .... additional first assistant camera
Jess Hall .... additional photographer
Christopher Jenkins .... Additional Photographer
Wayne Jones .... digital imaging technician
Jay Levy .... additional first assistant camera
John Marzano .... cineflex camera system operator
Polly Morgan .... additional first assistant camera
Chin Okoronkwo .... first assistant camera
Steve Organ .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jean-Luc Perréard .... additional photographer
Wally Pfister .... additional photographer
Simon Preissenger .... additional first assistant camera
Colin Rich .... first assistant camera
Dean Sutherland .... crane operator
Masanobu Takayanagi .... additional photographer
Julien Veron .... additional first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Jade Caffoor .... animation producer
Matteo Manzini .... animation director
Nina Pfeifenberger .... animator
Gideon Prins .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Gaia Borretti .... daily edit assistant
Katie Bullock-Webster .... post-production coordinator
Max Caswell .... digital intermediate producer
Pollyanna Cheung .... post production secretary (as Polly Cheung)
Peter Collins .... digital intermediate
Chris Duveen .... assistant editor
Adam Eddy .... on-line editor
Rob Farris .... digital intermediate producer
Adam Glasman .... digital colourist
Cheryl Goodbody .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Chris King .... additional editor
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of department
Avdhesh Mohla .... first assistant editor
Peter Mountford .... additional assistant editor
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
 
Music Department
Niv Adiri .... music editor
Barry Cole .... music compiled by
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Kathleen Hasay .... music assistant
Steve Price .... composer: additional music
Steven Price .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Paul Bowen .... transportation coordinator
Rapheal Catnott .... grip truck driver
 
Other crew
Patrick Aviles .... production assistant: daily
Carrie-Ann Banner .... production coordinator
Thom Berryman .... media transfer engineer
Sinead Casey .... additional coordinator
Joanne Crowther .... additional coordinator
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing
Dennis Davidson .... producer's representative
Sam Dion .... archive consultant: UK (as Dr. Sam Dion)
Melaney Doran .... production assistant
Sam Dwyer .... archive producer
Vivien Goldman .... additional consultant
Paul Hammond .... commentary
Fiona Hardingham .... production assistant: daily
Samantha Brockhausen Herrmann .... logger
Samantha Brockhausen Herrmann .... translator
Uli Hesse .... additional researcher
Lucy Hunot .... additional researcher
Alicia MacDonald .... assistant to director
Chris Salewicz .... consultant
Johannes Schaff .... additional researcher
Roger Steffens .... archive consultant: US
Andy Stephens .... aerial operations manager
Tyler Tadej .... assistant: Mr. Bing
Emma Whitehead .... assistant producer
 
Thanks
Barry Morrow .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bob Marley: Roots of Legend" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for drug content, thematic elements and some violent images
Runtime:
144 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Martin Scorsese was originally working on this documentary for the Weinstein Company back in 2008, but he swiftly left citing "scheduling conflicts," and was replaced by Jonathan Demme. The project came to a standstill in August 2009 when Demme left the project after he and producer Steve Bing had creative differences in the middle of editing. Finally Kevin Macdonald was appointed.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Forward MarchSee more »

FAQ

What other films are there about Bob Marley?
Final song
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
One love. One doc'..., 21 April 2012
Author: Jack` Harding from United Kingdom

Usain Bolt and bobsleighs aside, when someone mentions Jamaica, you think of either Reggae, Rhastas or weed. In other words, you think of Bob Marley. The undisputed paragon of everything we associate with that "laid-back" corner of the Caribbean. But Bob was a little more than a nonchalant stoner who sung a few tunes, you know. As far as singer/songwriters go, they don't come much bigger than Bob Marley. His and The Wailers' universal songs of love, peace and hope rank amidst some of the finest and most recognizable ever given up to music. There are even those who would liken Bob to Ghandi. A bit O.T.T, sure, but the comparisons are there (sort of): an immortal advocate of peace and altruism; a liberal; a national treasure. And yet Bob Marley was not without fault and, 'till now, a fair share of unworthy documentaries.

Kevin Macdonald's (The Last King of Scotland) bio' doc' about Bob's life and legacy is a stylish and honest mediation on the man behind the myth that charts his physical and spiritual journey through the music world; his quest for success that would transform him from the rejected frontman of a budding ska band to the iconic, liberating arbitrator whose timeless tunes went beyond music and unified colours, creeds and a country in meltdown.

Made with the full cooperation of Bob's family and friends and told largely through their accounts, Marley is a potent and essential piece of documentary film-making. Kevin Macdonald's Bob doc' could've made the man out to be some kind of saint. But it doesn't. Macdonald's various interviews with those who knew Bob best in addition to a heap of archival stills and footage paint the pop-icon in a variety of ways; conflicted, poised, selfish, kind, wanton, loyal, driven, stubborn, free. Marley lays bare the heart and soul of the dreadlocked Rhasta in some style.

A distinct level of cohesion and humanity is well and truly found in the director's attention to detail regarding Bob's estranged personal life; from his impoverished roots and search for acceptance to his self-serving, self-sacrificing ways and stirring date with cancer.

Despite a muddled and stuttered opening, Marley boasts an absolving and deeply moving final third that ties the hefty, 146 minute bio doc' up in style (cheesy ending credits aside).

This is a fresh and thoughtful trip through the life of a music legend with scope and soul in spades; an intriguing and chic fusion of art, music and history. Marley is the quintessential portrait of Bob Marley's life. See it.

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