Rated PG-13 145 min. 2012

In Kevin MacDonald’s documentary, Marley, the famous Rasta is seen in a light rarely witnessed before, with all the pain, love, and desire encompassed therein. MacDonald, whose track record includes The Last King of Scotland, dug deep for the new film, interviewing friends, children, cousins, bandmates, and even Bob’s mother. Marley gives an excellent look into the musician’s roots in St. Ann and Trenchtown, Jamaica, exposing the poverty that surrounded Bob in his early life. At a young age, he saw music as a way out. Soon, he gave up on school to focus completely his efforts on becoming a musician. With a wide variety of interview subjects, MacDonald presents a film that almost allows the viewer to get to know Bob Marley as a human being rather than as simply a musician. Early on in life, the fact that he was half-white and half-black made him feel like an outsider, and throughout his entire career, his one desire was to reach black people with his music. He is referred to as a shy man, but one who rarely had any trouble with the ladies. Even while he was married, he had many women, none of which seemed to have any problem with Bob’s promiscuity. As Bob’s friends and family walk us through his life, some note rough beginnings with Bob’s first group of Wailers members. Marley lifts us as we watch the lovable, smiling, dreadlocked man achieve his dreams and touch the world. Sadly, it also wrenches our hearts as it touches on the untimely loss of a legend.

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Director: Kevin Macdonald

Producer: Steve Bing and Charles Steel

Cast: Bob Marley



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