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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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Interesting but badly in need of insight and discussion from those involved 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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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)

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Trivia:
Besides The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and The Flying Burrito Brothers, there were several other bands that appeared at Altamont but did not appear in the film. They were Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Santana. The Grateful Dead were also scheduled to perform but backed out after hearing what had happened earlier in the day.See more »
Quotes:
Mick Jagger:[watching Tina Turner performing the opening of the concert] It's nice to have a chick occasionally.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
(I Can't Get No) SatisfactionSee 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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Interesting but badly in need of insight and discussion from those involved, 3 September 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In 1969 the Rolling Stones were on their tour of America and planned to finish it with a surprise appearance at a free concert in Golden Gate park San Francisco. However when this fact came out at a Stone's press conference the numbers predicted to attend swelled and the gig had to be moved. After several changes and at the last minute, the Altamont Raceway was selected as the venue. The organisers asked for a chapter of the Hells Angels to be in charge of security. During the concert many scuffles broke out and one young man was stabbed to death. With the Stones themselves, the Maysles brothers look back over the concert in regards the performances and the wider impact the event had.

Although not quite as good as I had hoped it would be, this film was still pretty interesting as it captures "the end of the sixties" in the Altamont concert murder and the performances of the Stones in their prime. Although it was the former I had come for, the music was pretty good and the sound quality was surprisingly good. The one big complaint I have about the footage from all the Stone's performances is that I had to assume that the rest of them were on stage with Jagger – because the camera stays tight on him and never leaves him for long. It is a bit annoying but I suppose it doesn't affect the music.

The most gripping part of the film though is the actual events around the Altamont concert itself. The build up is interesting because you can see the seeds of chaos being planted in the planning stage – with the "secret" coming out being followed by the last minute planning and general disorganisation. This is followed by the concert itself which gradually becomes more and more chaotic. It is gripping to watch the fights break out and see things spiralling out of control – it is impressive how well the footage came out. Having seen Salesman, I knew the Maysles' tended to sit back and just film their subjects but this only works if you can get them to speak or emote. Sadly here Mick and Keith simply watch the concert footage and, aside from looking a bit shocked and asking a few questions they don't say anything. Certainly there is nothing approaching insight or discussion from anyone. Although it is possible to draw your own conclusions from the footage to a degree, it cries out for discussion and reflection which is not forthcoming.

Without this it is nowhere near as interesting or valuable as it should have been. The performances make it worth seeing and watch the farcical organisation translation into a violent and chaotic concert is an interesting experience. Although their fly-on-the-wall technique is respected amongst filmmakers, I did find myself wishing that someone other than the Maysles' had made this film.

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