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Gimme Shelter -- Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When 300,000 members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco's Altamont Speedway, Direct Cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin were there to immortalize the bloody slash that transformed a decade's dreams.
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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A harrowing must see See more (73 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 - Man 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)
"Rolling Stones in Gimme Shelter" - Japan (English title) (imdb display 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)

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Trivia:
The concert originally was originally going to be held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, but the city wouldn't give a permit after hearing that The Rolling Stones would be on the bill and feared a huge crowd. The concert was then moved to Sears Point (now Infineon) Raceway in Sonoma, but after a dispute with the track's owner, the stage and all the sound equipment was moved to Altamont within 24 hours before the concert was to take place.See more »
Quotes:
Hell's Angel:They told me, if I could sit on the stage so nobody climbed over me, I could drink beer till the show was over.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Six Days on the RoadSee 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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A harrowing must see, 16 November 2011
Author: Terrell Howell (KnightsofNi11) from United States

October 1969 marked a month of tragedy for rock and roll. The Rolling Stones were on their US tour when they stopped to play a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in San Francisco. It was a concert event that was supposed to be the Woodstock of the West, but it ended up being just the opposite. Hell's Angels were hired for security and, as the chaos of the show ascended, the Angels became more and more violent towards the crowd until the night ended in the stabbing and murdering of at least one of the concert goers. Gimme Shelter is the documentary which focuses on this tragic occurrence in brutal detail. The film mixes concert footage of the Rolling Stones, footage of the night at Altamont, as well as the band watching and reflecting on that terrible night. It's an extraordinary and harrowing film which will shake you to your core as you watch the raw, unedited footage taken at Altamont and the unending brutality which seems so unnecessary and so easily preventable. It's a remarkably disturbing experience to watch Gimme Shelter.

I honestly believe it was a stroke of genius to make this film so simple. There was no need to tamper with the Altamont footage or add anything extraneous to it. Gimme Shelter is perfect in the way it just shows us all of the actual footage from the concert, as well as leading up to the concert. There's no narration, no extra pictures or clips. It is just the footage put together in a way that details that terrible night in the straightest way possible. There could not be a more thorough account of the events at Altamont. This is the finest way to view something this out of the ordinary. The footage we watch in Gimme Shelter is stunning and unforgettable. It's safe to assume that 99% of the audience at that show was on acid, and the results are amazing to watch. There is an incredible amount of footage of people having wild acid trips, doing all sorts of bizarre things. It is amusing to watch at first, but quickly becomes deadly when Hell's Angels are introduced into the equation. Thus we have a scenario that is nerve racking to witness unfold and we are then filled with immense anxiety and dread as the situation grows into the tragedy it morphed into by the end of the night.

Of course, what makes Gimme Shelter more than just a simple reflection on the tragedy at Altamont Speedway is the footage of the Rolling Stones watching the Altamont footage and reflecting on it all. The shock and awe is very obvious in their reactions and hearing what they have to say about it is fascinating. They don't say much about it because of all the shock, but they say enough and they display enough body language to convey their loss for words at this event and how horrified they are that something like this had to happen under their watch. This is possibly the saddest aspect of the entire situation. The fact that someone was murdered is horrific enough, but the fact that it had to happen in the name of rock and roll is deafeningly sad. It is painful to watch the messages of peace and love flourish in that concert audience, only to be violently contrasted by the over reactions of Hell's Angels. It's a sickening occurrence that seems to evoke more innate sadness than anger. It's terrible to watch but it makes Gimme Shelter one of the most powerful and provocative documentaries you will ever see. This film is an incredible experience that you will not soon forget.

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