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

Director:

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Marley ... Self (archive footage)
Ziggy Marley ... Self
Jimmy Cliff ... Self
Rita Marley ... Self
Cedella Marley ... Self
Chris Blackwell ... Self
Lee 'Scratch' Perry ... Self (as Lee Perry)
Cindy Breakspeare ... Self
Danny Sims Danny Sims ... Self
Bunny Wailer ... Self (as Neville Bunny Wailer Livingston)
Constance Marley Constance Marley ... Self
Edward Seaga ... Self
The Wailers The Wailers ... Themselves
Junior Marvin Junior Marvin ... Self
Diane Jobson ... Self
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Storyline

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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Trivia

One of the reasons Kevin Macdonald wanted to make the film as he was curious to explore the enduring appeal of Bob Marley and why, some 30 years after his death, he remains as popular as ever. This was partly motivated by the fact that when he was making The Last King of Scotland (2006), he would often encounter posters of Marley in some of the poorer parts of Kampala in Uganda where they were filming. See more »

Quotes

Ghana Tour Guide: [First lines] This is the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, West Africa. Where enslaved Africans were shipped to the Caribbean, to North America, and other places in the world. From this castle, on the average, 10,000 enslaved Africans were shipped year by year. Altogether about 60 million Africans were enslaved. Whoever went through the door had no chance of coming back. That is why the door got the name the "Door of No Return."
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

No Sympathy
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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Tuff Gong the Lion
28 April 2012 | by basa-260-742773See all my reviews

I was expecting to see the same bits of footage, images, interviews etc. that I've seen before but this doc reveals lots more. We learn how his early formative years as a dual heritage child growing up in rural JA gave him a unique philosophical view in which to form his own ideas of who he was and what his destiny was to be.

The film also has the luxury of 144 mins to illuminate the genius that Bob was. I got to appreciate how influential and messianic he became within his immediate circle, his community and his nation. His ambition, drive and competitiveness were an integral part of his make-up and became central to his mission to preach love, Rastafari and unity. Any resistance to this would be casually side-stepped.

Whilst not a saint his soul crackled with energy and shone bright, perhaps too bright for the physical being that contained it and which sadly gave out at only 36. But the legacy lives on in the music, the voice of a struggling people, and we should listen as well as dance.

Peace, love and blessings.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob Marley: Stay with the Rhythm See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$262,004, 22 April 2012

Gross USA:

$1,413,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,842,919
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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