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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Stones' version of Woodstock

Author: Jim Toms ( from W. Frankfort, IL (USA)
14 August 2000

This is one of the best musical documentaries ever made. The Rolling Stones decided to put on a huge show at Altamont Speedway near San Francisco. And it was huge. There is one long aerial shot of cars parked along the road that seems to go on forever. While looking at it, one has to wonder how far some people actually walked to see the show. I believe the crowd was estimated at just about the number that attended Woodstock so you know it was huge. Like any good documentary, this one has some drama in addition to the great music the Stones were making in the late 60's and early 70's. One problem was that Mick and the boys decided to put the Hells Angels in charge of security for the event and that did not come without a price. In addition to complaints by Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane (who also played along with The Grateful Dead and others) that some of the Airplane band members were manhandled by Hells Angels, one man in the crowd (right in front of the stage) was knifed to death and this helped to cast a dark cloud over the entire event. It's not exactly jumping off every video store shelf, but if you can find it, get it!

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

How about renaming this one "Gimme Mick"

Author: helpless_dancer from Broken Bow, Oklahoma
24 October 1999

Fairly good look at the Stones on tour. I disliked the way the concert footage had the camera focusing on Mick most of the time. There were other musicians on stage with him, why not spread the camera around a bit more? There was a little too much of the camera zooming in on someone who either just sat there and stared or mumbled something that was hard to hear. I also felt there could have been less panning over the crowd of stone heads, and more time given to the various entertainers. I would particularly have liked to see more of the Jefferson Airplane. However, the open murder of a man by the Hells Angels near the end was graphic and brutal, clearly showing what a mistake it is to put oneself in a crowd of rowdies high on dope and alcohol. This film was more a tribute to Mick Jagger than a commentary on the rock/drug culture of the late 60's. For all the faults I listed, I still consider the film to be well worth watching.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:


Author: Dave Kaminskas ( from Royal Oak, MI
2 May 2002

Documentary of the last few days of the Rolling Stones 1969 concert. Starting in Madison Square Gardens and ending in the violent concert at Altamont Speedway. This is the only way to see how horrible that famous rock tragedy was. Amazing. **** out of ****

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Fascinating and disturbing

Author: Wayne Malin ( from United States
20 June 2001

Superb documentasry about the Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway in 1969 that resulted in a murder. As a concert film, the Stones are at their best--the footage is excellent, Mick Jagger is young and vibrant and they perform their best songs. As a documentary it shows the Altamont concert, which was all about peace and love, slowly turning violent. For some reason, the Hells Angels were hired as security and their behavior turned the mood violent and ugly. At one point Jefferson Airplane (performing before the Stones) had their lead singer knocked unconscious by the Angels. In a chilling scene you see an Angel angrily threatening the other members and Grace Slick doing her best to calm everyone down. We briefly see Ike and Tina Turner perform too. When the Stones came on, everything fell apart. There was rampant violence (especially when they started to do "Sympathy for the Devil"), beatings and a fatal stabbing was caught on camera! Just simply a wonderful, if scary film. Not to be missed.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Albert Maysles makes Shelter an amazing experience.

Author: Elizabeth from Boston, MA
17 February 2001

I had the extreme good fortune to participate in a viewing of this documentary with Albert Maysles, one of the directors, and I do mean participate. The film was so utterly spellbinding and so well captured that the reality traveled beyond the screen and truly touched every individual in the room. There was a collective disbelief among the audience as we watched the events that marked a generation, and the impact that we all felt will no doubt last a lifetime. I highly recommend this film for a purely accurate, unfathomable and unforgettable experience.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A window on to the sixties

Author: Adam Odnert from San Francisco, California
12 October 2000

The re-release of Gimme Shelter is worth seeing. The negative space of the film is particularly enticing. The images surrounding the main subjects (the Stones, the lawyer, etc.) are nothing less than a time machine. It is hard to watch the disillusionment in the faces of so many young people. Many times during the film I totally lost awareness of the camera and felt as though I was looking directly into the eyes of the audience at Altamont.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

One of the best documentaries ever made!!!

Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
30 August 2000

This was a documentary at its finest and one of the best ever to come out of a decade where two societies clash at each other in what some people called the end of the 60's has come to an end.

For the 30th anniversary of this classic masterpiece,the directors(Albert and David Maysles) decided to re-release it back into the theatres for some footage that was never shown in the original. In this one,you'll see the great Mick Jagger at his most outrageous and his electrifying portrayal in which the Stones' captivated the audience never like before. It was at this peak where the Stones' were at the helm of their throne as one of most powerful bands ever(and still going strong to this day!). It may have been an one of a kind musical documentary,but it was something to see as well. Check out the scenes between the groups of Hell's Angels and the drug crazed hipples and black panthers(yes,black panthers)in a battle to be witnessed during the Stones' concert at the Altamont speedway......... There are some great concert footage here too.....check out a young Tina Turner doing a rendition of a classic Otis Redding song "I've Been Loving You Too Long",along with then husband Ike Turner,and great footage of Neil Young and Crazy Horse as well. After there is a lesson to be learned here....NEVER get members of Hell's Angels for any security for a'll never know what may happen.......

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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Well told story

Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom
27 August 2001

(Review refers to:) 2001 Digitally remastered version of the 1970 movie of the Rolling Stones 1969 Altamont concert. Apart from archiving a musical milestone onto celluloid, the film chronicles with nail-biting tension the progression and difficulties of staging a free concert for an audience of 300,000 and how the end of the flower-power era of love and peace was heralded with the stabbing of an audience member by Hells Angels security guards. Better than you'd expect if you get a chance to see it.

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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful:


Author: Danielle Burton from NL
17 February 2004

Wow. Words fail to describe. This is definitely the greatest rock 'n' roll documentary I have ever laid eyes upon. It has everything. Good music, studio sessions, concert footage, hippies... and it gives you chance to see the Stones off stage, behind the scenes. Plus, there's a whole load of extras on the DVD. This movie also gives a lot of information about the tragedy at Altamont. What happened, why it may have happened, how they went about arranging the free concert, and it lets you see all sides of the story.. at least to an extent. If you're a fan of the Rolling Stones I would definitely recommend you see this. My appreciation for them was amplified by 10. I would also recommend this movie if you're interested in music, the 60's, or music from the 60's. :) It's absolutely wonderful.

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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Best argument against public nudity I've ever seen

Author: eweiss1 from Aubrey, Texas
12 October 2001

Great film. Disturbing, ominous, everything the good reviews say.

But ... no none mentions that this contains the best argument against public nudity I've ever seen. E.g., the very fat man who stands around at the concert (this guy has eaten way too many slices of pizza!), and then the overly-plump totally nude female who tries to climb on the stage with Mick Jagger. Gross! Put some clothes on, people!!! Or, if you have to dance naked, at least have a decent-looking body to show for it. Yecch!!!

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