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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 ... Self (archive footage)
Ziggy Marley ... Self
Jimmy Cliff ... Self
Cedella Marley ... Self
Cindy Breakspeare ... Self
Rita Marley ... Self
Chris Blackwell ... Self
Danny Sims Danny Sims ... Self
Diane Jobson ... Self
Constance Marley Constance Marley ... Self
Lee 'Scratch' Perry ... Self (as Lee Perry)
Bunny Wailer Bunny Wailer ... Self (as Neville Bunny Wailer Livingston)
Marcia Griffiths Marcia Griffiths ... Self
Lloyd McDonald Lloyd McDonald ... Self (as Lloyd Bread McDonald)
Neville Garrick Neville Garrick ... Self


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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Did You Know?


The soundtrack album was released four days before the movie premiered. It is the first release to feature Bob Marley's performance of "Jammin'" from the One Love Peace Concert in 1978. See more »


Neville 'Bunny' Livingston: And then, Coxsone, Studio 1, Duke Reid, Trojan and Prince Buster decide to form an organization called: The Big Tree. Then, The Wailers pulled the axe.
Neville 'Bunny' Livingston: If you are a Big Tree, We are the small axe, Sharpened to cut you down, Well sharp, To cut you down..."
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.129 (2012) See more »


Back To Back (Belly To Belly)
Written by The Jolly Boys
Performed by The Jolly Boys
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User Reviews

Tremendously moving film -- see it in the theater
4 May 2012 | by JamieNYCSee all my reviews

I'm old enough to have dug Bob Marley when he was actually alive and performing. AND I was fortunate enough to produce some jingles in Tuff Gong Studio for Air Jamaica. So I was around the scene, post-Marley, and I played his music endlessly for a decade or two.

Then I discovered salsa, and Latin Jazz, and the Afro-Cuban sound, and let my Marley go.

Well, now I have my Marley back. This film took me into parts of Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica that I have never seen and never want to see. Even after reading Timothy White's marvelous biography of Marley, "Catch A Fire," I couldn't imagine how horrible Trenchtown was until this movie.

It gave me a deep appreciation for how far this young man traveled in his tragically brief time on this particular planet.

He wasn't nice, he wasn't easy, but he was brilliantly talented and surrounded himself with other talented, fascinating people. Yes, folks are moaning about the movie not having enough music, but ... it has lots of heart and conversation and laughs and empathetic understanding of the Marley story -- and the story of Jamaica, one of the most beautiful and agonizing places I have ever been. I can't recommend this film highly enough. (Gosh, I hope there are no spoilers here. Can you write a spoiler for a documentary of a widely known figure?)

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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

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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