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

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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 »
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Great man, great documentary See more (39 total) »

Cast

 

Bob Marley ... Himself (archive footage)

Ziggy Marley ... Himself

Rita Marley ... Herself

Jimmy Cliff ... Himself

Cedella Marley ... Herself

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

Directed by
Kevin Macdonald 
 
Produced by
Steve Bing .... executive producer
Chris Blackwell .... executive producer
Sam Dwyer .... archive 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 .... 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 .... 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 .... additional colourist
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 Preissinger .... 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
Florian Leonhardt .... production 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)
Martin Disney .... archive
Melaney Doran .... production assistant
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:
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 »
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Soundtrack:
Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Road Block)See more »

FAQ

What other films are there about Bob Marley?
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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Great man, great documentary, 21 April 2012

Marley is a 2012 Documentary film that tells the story of legendary Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley. The film charts his life from his humble beginnings in a small country village without electricity, through his rise to fame in Jamaica, to his exile in London, subsequent return to his Island of birth and eventual death at the age of just 36.

Before going in to the cinema I wouldn't have classed myself as a Bob Marley fan and although I have a couple of his albums and love his best known songs I knew very little about him. The film gives an honest account of his life and of Marley as a man. The story is told using achieve interviews with Marley himself but mostly through interviews with his friends, family and ex colleagues who are still living. Some of the interviewees are great characters and speak with wisdom. Others are hilarious and most have a fantastic Jamaican Patois which is delightful to listen to. The film also gives some background to Rastafarianism, something else that I knew little about.

The whole film is backed with over sixty Marley and Bob Marley and the Wailers songs which start with the song he first recorded aged sixteen and ends with One Love. This film has one of the greatest soundtracks of any film I've seen. The highlight for me was Marley's triumphant return to Jamaica for the One Love Peace Concert in 1978. After years living in London following an attempt on his life, Marley returned to Jamaica and performed in front of 32,000 people and bought the leaders of Jamaica's warring Political Parties up on stage where he managed to get them to hold hands above their heads in a sign of peace. It was an amazing thing to witness, even in the cinema and its impact was obvious.

The final quarter of the film takes on a deceivingly sadder tone as we reach the final years of Marley's life. After a battle with cancer he died in 1981 in Miami, USA. There were many people crying in the theatre, including my girlfriend after a very sad few moments on screen. The film ends on a positive note though by showing how Marley's music and message is still being used to educate and unite people today.

The film shows Marley to be both a great musician and great man but isn't afraid to look at his less impressive traits. His womanising is mentioned on several occasions, as is his poor parenting. His willingness to do anything to make it is also a constant theme. He was willing to change his style as well as drop his friends in order to become better known or appreciated and the film doesn't shy away from letting this be known. A thread I'd like to have seen explored further was his lack of success with black audiences outside of Jamaica. It was hinted at several times but is an interesting area which could have been looked at further.

Marley is a fantastic biopic documentary which sheds light on one of the world's best loved musicians. It isn't afraid to show both his good and bad sides and does a good job of illustrating his life from start to finish. It is accompanied by a soundtrack that head my head bobbing and feet tapping throughout and made me want to go out and further explore his back catalogue as well as his message of One Love.

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