Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Kevin Macdonald
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
144 min

- Jah Rastafari!


Movement of Jah people yeah

Jah come to break the oppression

Rule equality

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Wipe away transgression

Set your captives free





He used to love singing.

I used to teach him little jingles,

and he used to love them.

And the chief one that he used

to know was...

I had a little donkey that's grey

I feed him in a barn every day

And when he hears me whistle

he knows I have a thistle

He'd rather eat a thistle than hay

Hee-haw hee-haw

Hee-haw hee-haw

And that is all my donkey can say

And then you would see him,

you know, keeping time.

And you would see

that he was enjoying it.

How did it all start?

Had music always been a part of your life

from when you were a little boy?

What part of Jamaica?

- Yeah?

Well, you see,

Bob Marley is my cousin, you know?

- Bob liked to ride the donkey

and, you know,

go to the field with his grandfather

and things like that.

Because he's a country boy, you know.

Nine Mile was a place that...

there wasn't a lot of civilized activity.

Electricity was not available

in those areas,

so you see a lot of "peeny wallies"...

you know, those little fireflies.

And that's the only light at night...

other than the moon

and the stars, you know.

So, as a youth

coming out of Kingston...

that was accustomed

to jukebox and sound system,

it was really something

to get accustomed to.

And do you remember

when you first met Robert?

- Yes. First time I saw him,

I saw this little youth...

cutting up this big chunk of wood

and putting it on his head bit by bit

and taking it away...

I say, that's...

You know, and then...

He was the only little,

what you call it,

red "pickney" in the place,

because everybody else

was black people.

Who was Bob's dad?

He liked

when you call him "Captain."

Yes, but his...

his name is Norval.

I met him right there in Nine Mile,

and then as a white man in the district,

you know, always ride

his horse and things like that.

He and my father

becomes good friends.

Then at that time he see this little girl

and I guess he liked her, and, um,

we finally get together

and that's how it...

that's how it happened.

How old was your sister

when she met the Captain?

- She was, what, 16.

Captain was...

He was about in his 60s.

- So he was an old man?

- Yes.

- My name is Peter Marley.

Bob Marley is my second cousin.

What did you know about

Bob Marley's father?

He rode a horse most of the time.

He was in the British army.

I think he was stationed somewhere

in India in World War II...

when he got shell shock.

I understand he drank

and that he lived a...

What should I say?

A full life.

Did he get teased

for being mixed?

Yeah, sure.

Worse than teased.

Teased is not the word

You call it rejected.

He did everything that

his bigger uncles should be doing...

because it was

their duty to move horses...

and to make sure

that the pigs were fed,

and they left

all of that work for Robert.

He had to earn his every meal.

We went to the same school.

And he had me teaching me the stuff...

of what takes place in the country...

how to ride a donkey, how to ride a horse.

How to do all of this kind of stuff.

And I taught him about music,


that was what I was exposed

to prior coming to Saint Ann.

I was accustomed to

building bamboo guitars...

and sardine tin guitars.

Cutting the wire...

the electric wire...

opening it up, taking out those little

fine wires and making our strings.

In a little district on a little island

Where men and pretty gal run wild

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