“Marley” documentary to debut on Facebook Friday

Fans of the iconic reggae star will be able to rent the movie on Facebook (or see it in a theater).


Jordan Valinsky


Published Apr 17, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 6:24 pm CDT

Let’s get together and feel all right—how’s Friday for you? A new Bob Marley documentary, Marley, will premiere on Facebook April 20.

For $6.99, you can rent Marley for 48 hours on its Facebook page when it releases 12:01 am Eastern Time. The film is described as “the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom” and is directed by Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland). It received a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie will also be released on Video on Demand and selected theaters on the same day.

The reggae star’s influence does not appear to have diminished since his death more than 30 years ago. The film’s Facebook fan page has 231,000 fans and Bob Marley’s personal page has 40 million likes.

Fans have left a barrage of excited comments on the movie’s Facebook page, expressing their love of the music and the man—and the marijuana. The movie’s producers, though they are focused on the music and the revolution, don’t appear to be downplaying the drugs, considering the 4/20 release date.

Debuting movies and streaming programs on Facebook is becoming a common trend. ESPN streamed basketball coverage in March, and the social networking recently service inked a deal with Warner Brothers in early March allowing users to rent movies.

All you need is one click to feel one love on Friday.

Photo via Bob Marley Movie/Facebook

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*First Published: Apr 17, 2012, 3:32 pm CDT