Marley is a 2012 documentary-biographical movie directed by Kevin Macdonald documenting the lifetime of Bob Marley.[4] It was launched on 20 April 2012, and acquired essential acclaim.[1][2][5] The movie was additionally launched on demand on the identical day, a “day and date” launch.[6] The movie options archival footage and interviews.


The content material spans the life and musical profession of Bob Marley, primarily as seen by the eyes of those that knew him and contributed to the documentary, together with Bunny Wailer, Rita Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry and lots of others.

Though Marley was passionate about music from a really younger age, he had disappointing report gross sales as a solo artist together with his first singles, “Decide Not” and “One Cup of Espresso”. He then determined to collaborate with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer to create “The Wailers.” This group later turned generally known as “Bob Marley and the Wailers” and achieved worldwide fame. The group made Bob Marley a family title and introduced worldwide consideration to Jamaican tradition, Reggae music and the Rastafari motion.

All through the documentary, a lot of the content material offers with Marley’s battle with racial id and acceptance. Marley’s widow, Rita Marley said “they noticed Bob as an outcast, as a result of he didn’t actually belong to anybody. You’re in-between. You’re black and white; so that you’re not even black.” Livingston additionally feedback that Marley was harassed in class for being combined race. On his race, Marley said:

“I haven’t got prejudice towards meself. My father was a white and my mom was black. Them name me half-caste or no matter. Me do not dip on no person’s facet. Me do not dip on the black man’s facet nor the white man’s facet. Me dip on God’s facet, the one who create me and trigger me to come back from black and white.”

Marley’s journey to turn into a member of the Rastafari motion is documented within the movie beginning together with his friendship with Rastafari preacher Mortimer Planno. Marley firmly states a number of occasions that he’s a key a part of the Rastafari motion: the idea that the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I, is the reincarnation of Christ. Rita Marley said that she additionally transformed to Rastafari upon the go to of Selassie I to Jamaica when she noticed “marks in his arms”, just like these Jesus bore when he was nailed to the cross.

Marley’s love of Rastafari was introduced out in lyrics of songs akin to, “Exodus” and “Jah Dwell”. Marley’s inspiration for different songs is addressed within the documentary. Examples of this are “Nook Stone”, which handled the rejection of Marley by white family members on his father’s facet; “Work”, which handled Jamaica’s political conflicts; and “Zimbabwe”, which handled the Zimbabwean liberation motion.

All through Marley’s life, he had a complete of 11 kids with seven girls, regardless of being married from a younger age. When requested if he was married, Marley responded:

“No. You see, I can’t cope with the Western methods of life. If I have to dwell by a legislation, it should be the legal guidelines of His Majesty. If it’s not the legal guidelines of His Majesty, then I could make my very own legislation.”

Marley’s most well-known relationship was with Cindy Breakspeare (Miss World 1976). From this relationship, Breakspheare had Marley’s son, Damian Marley. When requested about how she felt about Marley’s relationships with different girls, Rita Marley responded:

“I turned his guardian angel. By that point, I used to be previous the service of being a spouse due to the significance of who I knew Bob is. I didn’t see it as a enjoyable journey. We had been on a mission. It was like an evangelist marketing campaign to carry folks nearer to Jah.”

Marley’s loss of life is uniquely depicted within the documentary. In 1977, Marley came upon that he had a cancerous sore on his proper large toe. It’s believed that the sore on his toe was the results of a most cancers that was already spreading in Marley’s physique. Opposite to these sources, Rita Marley is quoted in saying:

“Any person stepped on it with their spiked boots and it began to get infested. However Bob would nonetheless play soccer the subsequent day on it, and the subsequent day.”

The documentary additionally conducts interviews with Rastafari medical doctors, which exhibits Marley’s strict adherence to the faith. Rastafari physician, Carleton Fraser, states that “medical doctors advisable amputation of the hip and eradicating all the leg.” Chris Blackwell provides conflicting info and insists that they only wanted to amputate Marley’s large toe for him to outlive. Later, when Marley began dropping his hair in the midst of chemotherapy remedy for his most cancers, members of the family additionally state that Marley had a lot displeasure in reducing off his dreadlocks, a facet of Rastafarism, which was sadly necessitated by the bodily ache their heavy weight was inflicting him.

The movie ends with Marley saying a quote that was the general message in his music:

“I don’t actually have any ambition, you understand? I solely have one factor I’d actually wish to see occur. I’d wish to see mankind residing collectively. Black, White, Chinese language , everybody. That’s all.”

Throughout the credit, it exhibits folks from many international locations singing the performing “Get Up, Stand Up” and “One Love”.

Interviews carried out and featured embrace: Cedella Marley Booker, Rita Marley, Bunny Livingston, Ziggy Marley, Cindy Breakspeare, Aston Barrett, Constance Marley (half-sister), Peter Marley (second cousin), Chris Blackwell, Peter Tosh, Lee Jaffe, Donald Kinsey, Edward Seaga, Judy Mowatt and Junior Marvin.


The soundtrack to Marley was launched 4 days previous to the movie, on 16 April 2012.[7] It comprises 24 of the 66 tracks listed within the closing credit of the film. The soundtrack’s first single is “Excessive Tide or Low Tide” which was launched as a single on August 9, 2011 (2011-08-09).[8] The soundtrack’s monitor listing is organized chronologically because it seems on the movie.[9] It is the primary report to function the recording of Bob Marley performing “Jamming” on the One Love Peace Live performance, the place Marley joined the arms of Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, members of the Individuals’s Nationwide Social gathering and the Jamaican Labour Social gathering respectively.[9]

The tracks listed within the movie’s closing credit, so as, are:

  • Exodus
  • Contact Me Tomato : The Jolly Boys
  • Again To Again (Stomach To Stomach) : The Jolly Boys
  • Mom & Spouse : The Jolly Boys
  • Despair : Bedasse with Chin’s Calypso Sextet
  • Tough Rider : Bedasse with The Native Calypso Quintet
  • Excessive Tide Or Low Tide
  • Trench City Rock
  • Natty Dread
  • Soul Insurgent
  • Decide Not
  • This Practice
  • Duppy Conqueror
  • Ahead March : Derrick Morgan
  • Simmer Down
  • Kaya
  • A Teenager In Love : Dion & The Belmonts
  • Teenager In Love : The Wailers
  • Put It On
  • Mellow Temper
  • Do not Rock My Boat
  • Kaya (Acapella Demo)
  • One Love
  • Crying In The Chapel
  • Selassie Is The Chapel
  • Gotta Maintain On To This Feeling
  • Maintain On To This Feeling
  • Run For Cowl
  • It is Alright
  • Bend Down Low
  • Small Axe
  • Duppy Conqueror (Dwell TV Studio Efficiency)
  • Stir It Up
  • Nook Stone (Jah Is Mighty alternate)
  • No Girl, No Cry (Gospel Demo)
  • Get Up Stand Up (Dwell in London, 1973)
  • Concrete Jungle
  • Concrete Jungle (Dwell TV Studio Efficiency)
  • Cease That Practice
  • Roots Rock Reggae
  • Insurgent Music (3 O’Clock Street Block)
  • No Girl, No Cry (Dwell At The Lyceum, London 1975)
  • Loopy Baldhead
  • Jamming
  • Kinky Reggae
  • No Sympathy
  • Burnin’ and Lootin’
  • I Shot The Sheriff
  • The Heathen
  • Smile Jamaica
  • Three Little Birds
  • Is This Love
  • Struggle
  • Work
  • Disaster Dub
  • Jamming (Dwell at One Love Peace Live performance, Kingston 1978)
  • No Extra Bother
  • Full of life Up Your self
  • Actual State of affairs
  • Zimbabwe
  • May You Be Liked
  • May You Be Liked (Dwell at Madison Sq. Backyard 1980)
  • Is This Love (Dwell at Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh 1980)
  • Redemption Music
  • Get Up Stand Up (Dwell)
  • One Love/Individuals Get Prepared


For essentially the most half Marley acquired a excessive essential acclaim. At Rotten Tomatoes, the movie holds a “Licensed Recent” ranking of 95{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7}, primarily based on 93 evaluations and a median ranking of seven.9/10, with the essential consensus saying, “Kevin Macdonald’s exhaustive, evenhanded portrait of Bob Marley affords electrifying live performance footage and engaging insights into reggae’s biggest star.”[10] It additionally has a rating of 82 out of 100 on Metacritic, primarily based on 32 evaluations, indicating “common acclaim”.[11] Nonetheless the movie did obtain criticism, with Bunny Wailer saying that the Rastafari a part of Marley’s life was underplayed within the movie. Moreover, its opening in Jamaica was soured after the colors of the Ethiopian flag had been positioned on the bottom, inflicting Wailer and others to boycott the opening.[12]

Field workplace

As of 4 August 2012, the movie has grossed $1,412,124 in North America.[3]

  • Official web site
  • Marley at IMDb
  • Marley at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Kevin Macdonald interview by Davy Rothbart for Grantland

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