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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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Release Date:
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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It used to be a lot more than Only Rock'n'Roll See more (72 total) »

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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Contrary to popular belief, Meredith Hunter was not killed during the performance of "Sympathy for the Devil". He was actually stabbed just as The Rolling Stones started the first verse of "Under My Thumb". The version of "Under My Thumb" that appears in the film was actually played after the killing with the stabbing moved to the end of the second version of the song.See more »
Quotes:
Mick Jagger:Who's fighting and what for?See more »
Soundtrack:
The Other Side of This LifeSee 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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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
It used to be a lot more than Only Rock'n'Roll, 21 April 2008
Author: bazibazbaz from Netherlands

When you see this movie you really understand how sanitised, safe and corporate the music scene is today.

The Stones were possibly the biggest band in the world at the time, so by today's standards it seems unbelievable they'd put on a free concert where the venue was changed at the last minute, the set was still being constructed as the 300,000 very fried looking hippies turned up, and there was no security for their satanic majesties except for the San Francisco Hell's Angels who were paid in beer and brought along pool cues with lead weights at the end for added security - as well as the standard knives and baseball bats. And they weren't afraid to use them, even on the bands, especially Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin.

Throw in some of the original Satanic rock band's finest sinister creations and you get the real deal, not some pantomime metal/goth horror facsimile. At the time many people really did believe that they could change the world and looked to bands like the Stones as leaders of the counterculture, and you really get the impression things like this mattered a hell of a lot more, but after Altamont, well...

Nevertheless, the version of Under My Thumb that Jagger delivers as he's watching the terrible action unfold in front of him is, for whatever reason, devastatingly understated and desperate, compared to all the OTT cavorting earlier in the set. But it's the genuine craziness of the 'fans' that makes this film seem like it was shot on another planet. Gimme Shelter is the most rock'n'roll film ever made, for all the right and wrong reasons.

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