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A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

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Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones unite in "Shine A Light," a look at The Rolling Stones." Scorcese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in fall 2006. Cinematographers capture the raw energy of the legendary band. Written by alfiehitchie

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, drug references and smoking | See all certifications »

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4 April 2008 (Austria)  »

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Shine a Light: The IMAX Experience  »

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Opening Weekend:

£338,061 (UK) (11 April 2008)

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$5,355,376 (USA) (13 June 2008)
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Martin Scorsese:  [tracking shot]  Uses a tracking shot to follow the main character(s) through a hallway. See more »

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Mick Jagger: On the drums, Mr. Wang Dang Doodle, Charlie Watts. You Wanna say hello?
Charlie Watts: Hello.
Mick Jagger: He speaks.
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Closing disclaimer: The preceding interviews and commentaries are for entertainment only. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the of the individual speakers and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Paramount Classics, Shangri-La Entertainment, Concert Productions International or any of their respective affiliates or employees. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 5 April 2008 (2008) See more »

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Sympathy For The Devil
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of ABKCO Music, Inc.
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Extraordinary To Witness Them At The Top Of Their Game
13 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Regrets - I've never seen the Stones live. Now I can live with that because no matter when or where, I'd have never seen them with the extraordinary advantage of mega-cameras inches away. This is the Stones revealed, every wrinkle and ropey-veined arm, taut-muscled Mick and melting-faced Keith, and there you are right in the midst of an incredible jam when Buddy Guy joins them and they huddle in an exhilarating moment of pure bliss.

Mick is the King, the energizer bunny of rock, at the pinnacle of his love/sex affair game with his audience. OMG. Thrilling to watch this consummate performer build himself up with each song, letting himself go further and further to the edge of union with the energy of the music and his fans.

Lyrics so clear and clever, ironic and insightful. The humor rounds every nuance. The playlist is wonderful.

Keith's dreamy smile as he plays, exuding pure joy with his slow, sexy gentleness is such a counterpoint to Mick's sharp, clever, edgy energy.

I'd only seen the Stones on videos, where Mick seemed to be a caricature of himself. Now I realize without the adoration and energy of an audience, he is not inspired to receive and give that energy which is not unlike Janis Joplin's - totally out there and free - just diggin' in and groovin'. Yet you know he is in complete control.

Shine A Light will probably be nominated for an academy award for film editing. It is genius. Hundreds of intimate shots that define "a picture is worth a thousand words" - Keith's caressing smile as he plays or tosses a cigarette - Mick's lips and nose in silhouette - Ron Woods looking like he's still in Faces, the list is endless and meaningful to each individual fan. Scorceses' use of the cameras is inspired - absolutely the best.

If you love the Stones, you will writhe with energy and joy and want to jump up and shout - Start Me Up!


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