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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.
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Credited cast:
Himself (as Keith Richard)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marty Balin ...
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Dick Carter ...
Jack Casady ...
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Mike Clarke ...
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Sam Cutler ...
Spencer Dryden ...
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Chris Hillman ...
Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)


A documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour and the tragic events that concluded it. We see footage of their concerts and of them making the Sticky Fingers album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. However, the main focus of the film is on one concert - Altamont Speedway, outside San Francisco, 6 December 1969. A free concert, it is the Stones' idea and it was meant to be the Woodstock of the West (Woodstock having occurred four months earlier). Other bands performing included Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Santana. However, it is far from being the peace and love of Woodstock. Part of the problem is that the Stones hired the Hells Angels as security. The other problem was that a large portion of the crowd were high on drugs. Friction ensues. During the Stones' set, Meredith Hunter, high on methamphetamine and armed with a gun, makes a lunge for the stage and is stabbed to death by the Hells Angels. The peace and ... Written by grantss

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The Rolling Stones gave a concert in Altamont, Calif. The Hell's Angels policed it. Four people died. This is the Actual Film Story. See more »


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6 December 1970 (USA)  »

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$18,576 (USA) (11 August 2000)


$252,570 (USA) (17 November 2000)

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Besides Ike Turner and Tina Turner, the other opening act on The Rolling Stones tour was B.B. King, who does not appear in the film. See more »


Grace Slick: You don't hassle with anybody in particular. You gotta keep your bodies off each other unless you intend love. People get weird, and you need people like the Angels to keep people in line. But the Angels also - you know, you don't bust people in the head for nothing. So both sides are fucking up temporarily; let's not keep FUCKING UP!
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I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
Written by Otis Redding & Jerry Butler
Performed by Ike & Tina Turner
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More suspense film than concert film
10 December 1999 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

I've never seen a concert documentary that concerned itself more with building a feeling of dread and suspense than showing the hits. Even if you don't know the events surrounding Altamont, you get a sense that the end of this concert won't be a rousing finale, but death. I've never seen a stranger concert film, but ultimately it is an unforgettable experience, with an absolutely horrifying capture of a murder in front of the stage.

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