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Gimme Shelter -- A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

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6 December 1970 (USA) See more »
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The music that thrilled the world ... and the killing that stunned it!
Plot:
A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(146 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

The Rolling Stones ... Themselves

Mick Jagger ... Himself

Charlie Watts ... Himself

Keith Richards ... Himself (as Keith Richard)

Mick Taylor ... Himself

Bill Wyman ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marty Balin ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Sonny Barger ... Himself

Melvin Belli ... Himself
Dick Carter ... Himself
Jack Casady ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Mike Clarke ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Sam Cutler ... Himself
Spencer Dryden ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Chris Hillman ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
John Jaymes ... Himself
Paul Kantner ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Jorma Kaukonen ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Pete Kleinow ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Bernie Leadon ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Gram Parsons ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Ronald Schneider ... Himself
Rock Scully ... Himself
Grace Slick ... Herself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Frank Terry ... Himself - KFRC Anchor
Ike Turner ... Himself

Tina Turner ... Herself

Jerry Garcia ... Himself (uncredited)
Meredith Hunter ... Himself - Black Youth Stabbed by Hell's Angel (uncredited)
Michael Lang ... Himself - Concert Organizer (uncredited)
Phil Lesh ... Himself (uncredited)

Albert Maysles ... Himself (uncredited)
David Maysles ... Himself (uncredited)
Alan Passaro ... Himself - Hell's Angel Who Stabs Meredith Hunter (uncredited)

Michelle Phillips ... Herself (uncredited)
Michael Shrieve ... Himself (uncredited)
Ian Stewart ... Himself (uncredited)

Bob Weir ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
Charlotte Zwerin 
 
Produced by
Porter Bibb .... associate producer
Ronald Schneider .... executive producer: The Rolling Stones
 
Cinematography by
Albert Maysles (filmed by) (as The Maysles Brothers)
David Maysles (filmed by) (as The Maysles Brothers)
Gary Weis 
 
Film Editing by
Joanne Burke 
Robert Farren 
Ellen Giffard 
Kent McKinney 
 
Sound Department
Michael Becker .... sound
Bill Blachly .... sound mixer: National Film Center
John Brumbaugh .... sound
Howard Chesley .... sound
Pepper Crawford .... sound
Stanley Cronquist .... sound
Paul Deason .... sound
Tom Goodwin .... sound
Tony Jackson .... sound
Glyn Johns .... sound recordist: 16-track, Madison Square Gardens
Orly Lindgren .... sound
Walter Murch .... sound
Peter Pilafian .... sound (as Peter Pilafin)
Art Rochester .... sound
Maurice Schell .... sound assistant
Nelson Stoll .... production sound mixer
David Thompson .... sound
Susumu Tokunow .... sound (as Alvin Tokunow)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Adair .... camera operator
Baird Bryant .... camera operator
Joan Churchill .... camera operator
Ron Dorfman .... camera operator
Robert Elfstrom .... camera operator
Elliott Erwitt .... camera operator
Bob Fiore .... camera operator (as Bob Fiori)
Adam Giffard .... camera operator
William B. Kaplan .... camera operator (as William Kaplan)
Kevin Keating .... camera operator
Stephen Lighthill .... camera operator
George Lucas .... camera operator
Chip Monck .... lighting: tour production, The Rolling Stones (as Chipmonck)
Jim Moody .... camera operator
David Myers .... camera operator
Jack Newman .... camera operator
Pekke Niemela .... camera operator
Robert Primes .... camera operator
Paul Ryan .... camera operator
Eric Saarinen .... camera operator
Peter Smokler .... camera operator
Coulter Watt .... camera operator
Gary Weiss .... camera operator
Bill Yarrus .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Mirra Bank .... assistant editor
Janet Lauretano .... assistant editor
Adrian Mosser .... color negative: Cineservice Inc.
Susan Steinberg .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Stanley Goldstein .... special help
Chip Monck .... tour manager: The Rolling Stones (as Chipmonck)
 
Thanks
Pamela Adams .... thanks
Robert Albert .... thanks
Alan Bomser .... thanks
Tom Bywaters .... thanks
Donald Cammell .... thanks
Dick Carter .... thanks: Altamont Speedway
Barbara Jarvis .... thanks
John Jaymes .... thanks: Young American Enterprises
Tony Kline .... thanks
Stephen Mellor .... thanks: Allan King Associates
Stefan Ponek .... thanks: KSAN Radio
Steve Schmidt .... thanks
Haskell Wexler .... thanks
Van Wolff .... thanks (as Van Wolf)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Alembic Recording  16 track recording: Rolling Stones at Altamont (as Alembic Recording - Betty and Bob, Engineers)
  • KPIX  press conference footage: San Francisco
  • National Film Center  sound mixing
  • WABC  press conference footage: Eye Witness News Department

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter" - International (English title) (promotional title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:14A (Alberta) (2002) | Finland:K-8 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (video) (1993) (uncut) | UK:A (theatrical release) (1971) (cut) | USA:R | USA:PG (edited for re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Michael Lang, who was one of the promoters responsible for Woodstock, was also one of the promoters for Altamont. He is seen being interviewed about the building of the stage, as well as onstage during the concert.See more »
Quotes:
Mick Jagger:Who's fighting and what for?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Sympathy for the DevilSee more »

FAQ

What Happened to the Hells Angel Who Stabbed the Man at the Altamont Concert?
Why did Meredith Hunter pull out a gun?
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Superb Rockumentary, 12 August 2007
Author: st-shot from United States

In November of 1969 I attended a Rolling Stone Concert at Boston Garden. The Stones were nearing the end of their fabulously successful 69 American tour and they were as good as I had ever heard or seen them. The sellout crowd was mesmerized and surged to the stages edge without violence and just rolled to the music. It was a brief period in rock history when such things were possible. The Peace and Love generation had settled into a groove with just tripping on the music and nothing more. Woodstock had been the prototype. A month after I saw them hypnotize Boston Garden the concert at Altamont put an end to the dream.

David and Albert Maysles recorded this nightmare in their brilliant documentary Gimme Shelter. The film opens with the Stones, flush with success planning a free concert for fans at Golden Gate Park. The venue is switched to a racetrack in Altamont and things slowly begin to deteriorate from there. The Stones naively hire Hell's Angels ("The Dead said they were cool") for security. When things become unruly the Angels respond harshly. As Jagger sings a man with a gun rushes the stage and is stabbed. The Maysles cameras are in the right place many times. The emphasis is not on Jagger as he and the band perform, instead it is the threatening and tripped out people near him on stage that fascinate.

The concert itself only takes up a small but gripping portion of the film which follows the Stones on a some of their tour and their reactions from watching the documentary's rough cut. Seldom do rock stars allow themselves to filmed in such compromising a position. The Maysles also capture the logistics side of the concert business with famed lawyer Melvin Belli and tour director Sam Cutler at task.

In less than half a year the Utopian dream of Woodstock lay in ruin at the Altamont Speedway. The Maysles provide much of the proof in Gimme Shelter.

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