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Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Unrated | | Documentary, Biography | 29 July 2015 (USA)
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A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.


Stevan Riley


Stevan Riley, Peter Ettedgui (co writer)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Sullivan ... Himself (archive footage)


With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen with Brando himself as your guide, the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon's perspective, entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just Brando on Brando and life.

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Intimate. Explicit. Uninhibited. See more »


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Release Date:

29 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lying for a Living See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,080, 2 August 2015, Limited Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Brando was interviewed for TV in 1955 and his father made an appearance, the whole thing was a typical example of Hollywood catering to the expectations and perceptions of the general public. In real life, Marlon Brando had little time for his father and their relationship would remain strained. See more »


Marlon Brando, Himself: It took me awhile to realize, you gotta be your own analyst. Unless we look inwards, we'll not ever be able to clearly see outwards.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


The Godfather Waltz
Written by Nino Rota
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Listen to him guys...
15 November 2015 | by afallgunsSee all my reviews

Not just a bio-documentary. Far beyond that... Listen to Me Marlon is the presentation of a legend... AS A MAN... By the own legend...

To younger people, such as myself, Marlon Brando was Don Vito Corleone (The Godfather), Colonel Kurtz (Apocalypse Now), Stanley (A Streetcar Named Desire), among many other great performances. But who was the man behind those iconic characters?

In Listen to Me Marlon, is delivered a compilation of many recordings by the actor to the actor himself. I don't think that he would be very pleased to have such tapes out there!

Troubled, charming, talented, politically engaged, passionate... The many faces of the man. Of the liar. When would I imagine that the man who played Don Vito Corleone and Colonel Kurtz, had problems with Francis Ford Coppola? And the tragedies of his personal life? How could I think about Brando as a ordinary guy?

He was no ordinary. And his tapes show it very clearly. Marlon was one unique human being. NO! Not one, two or even more... Marlon talks to himself. But himself is not Marlon... He was no ordinary...

As an art, the movie is beautiful. Not a typical boring documentary, with some footage, a couple interviews, and so and so. The director Stevan Riley was able to capture so many beautiful shots alongside with the music and the very voice of the actor. Flawless...

I know now many more than I ever imagined about Marlon Brando. And now it's like the experience of watching his work means to open so many other doors... Flawless bio-doc. It's a must see if you are interest in the motion picture industry as a whole.

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