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

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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 ... Himself (archive footage)
Ziggy Marley ... Himself
Jimmy Cliff ... Himself
Rita Marley ... Herself
Cedella Marley ... Herself
Chris Blackwell ... Himself
Danny Sims Danny Sims ... Himself
Cindy Breakspeare Cindy Breakspeare ... Herself
Lee 'Scratch' Perry ... Himself (as Lee Perry)
Constance Marley Constance Marley ... Herself
The Wailers The Wailers ... Themselves
Bunny Wailer Bunny Wailer ... Himself (as Neville Bunny Wailer Livingston)
Junior Marvin Junior Marvin ... Himself
Marcia Griffiths Marcia Griffiths ... Herself
Aston Barrett Aston Barrett ... Himself (as Aston Family Man Barrett)
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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) 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,413,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,319,734
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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

Cedella Marley, Daughter: We were always like active. You know, we were on the beach. We're running. We're racing each other. It was always about racing - to see who could beat him.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hold On To This Feeling
Written by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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Icon presented, not touched
14 August 2012 | by p-stepienSee 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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