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Marley (2012)

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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
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
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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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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,413,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,319,734
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Ziggy Marley: My memory was, going to the Intensive Care unit, going like this, looking through the window, you know. Him laying, kind of saying, him going, "Come." So, I went in. I went beside him and say, you know, him said, "Young Bob. What's up young Bob?" and "I have song for you. I have a song for you." Him sing a couple of lines of the song, "On your way up, Take me up, On your way down, Don't let me down."
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Exodus (Live)
(uncredited)
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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One love. One doc'...
21 April 2012 | by jackharding89-1See all my reviews

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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