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Marley (2012)

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


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





Credited cast:
Bob Marley ... Himself (archive footage)
Ziggy Marley ... Himself
Cedella Marley ... Herself
Jimmy Cliff ... Himself
Rita Marley ... Herself
Cindy Breakspeare ... Herself
Chris Blackwell ... Himself
Danny Sims Danny Sims ... Himself
Lee 'Scratch' Perry ... Himself (as Lee Perry)
Constance Marley Constance Marley ... Herself
Diane Jobson ... Herself
Edward Seaga ... Himself
Marcia Griffiths Marcia Griffiths ... Herself
Bunny Wailer Bunny Wailer ... Himself (as Neville Bunny Wailer Livingston)
Peter Marley Peter Marley ... Himself


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 »

Parents Guide:

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English | French | German

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob Marley: Stay with the Rhythm See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$262,004, 22 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The documentary was made with the full co-operation of the Marley family. See more »


Bob Marley: [historical footage] You see, I personally know my heart can be as hard as a stone and yet soft as water.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.129 (2012) See more »


Stop That Train
Written by Peter Tosh
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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User Reviews

3 September 2012 | by jokexomSee all my reviews

This comprehensive documentary tells us about sign reggae artist Bob Marley and traces his life, paying great attention to detail. Through interviews with family, friends and colleagues, view gives us pleasure, talking about the musician, as well as the beliefs and attitudes.

As a teenager, Bob moved from the countryside to the slums of Trenchtown. In 1960, his group The Wailers has found success in Jamaica. Then, in 1972, the founder of Island Records Blackwell started promoting The Wailers as a rebellious project, which led the group to international celebrity. Over the next decade, life was full of Marley world tours, and changes in the composition of new hits.

Directed MacDonald tells this story in a casual, almost Caribbean pace, showing the chronological development of events, using interviews, photographs, archival videos, concerts, and early recordings. Bob Marley himself contributes to the narrative, thanks to interviews he gave throughout his career. On the way we come to understand his deeply held beliefs and bright Rastafarian experiencing violence, politically motivated attack on his home in Kingston.

We also know the truth of his personal life stories. Bob has 11 children by seven women, but in fact he was quite a shy person: women pursued him, not vice versa. Rita Marley has remained faithful to his wife, having passed through it. Along with giving us a deep look at his personality and attitude, the film helps us understand why Bob is seen as a messianic figure in the Caribbean and African culture. McDonald also pays attention to showing us exactly what makes an infectious reggae music.

This film - a fascinating and exciting, despite its thoroughness and detail. It contains so many amazing shots that we can hardly accept instantly. Story is presented with the mind and personality, and prophetic zeal Marley captivates the viewer. If the movie is something missing, it is the music: famous songs are, but only in certain portions. Perhaps it would be nice to see a new one, this time the concert film.

Be sure to watch all those interested in work of the great Bob Marley and reggae music lovers of sun.

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