7.9/10
10,031
79 user 68 critic

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth
Monterey Pop (1968)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar
Woodstock (1970)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey
Salesman (1969)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker
Grey Gardens (1975)
Documentary | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A look at the creation and impact of the 1972 Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St."

Director: Stephen Kijak
Stars: The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Gimme Shelter (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her stepmother and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.

Director: Ron Krauss
Stars: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A concert film taken from two Rolling Stones concerts during their 1972 North American tour.

Director: Rollin Binzer
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir
Performance (1970)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.

Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
Stars: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!

Director: Jeff Stein
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones mark their 50th year together.

Director: Brett Morgen
Stars: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
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 Dick Carter ... Himself
Jack Casady ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Mike Clarke Mike Clarke ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Sam Cutler Sam Cutler ... Himself
Spencer Dryden ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Chris Hillman ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Edit

Storyline

A documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour and the tragic events that concluded it. We see footage of their concerts and of them making the Sticky Fingers album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. However, the main focus of the film is on one concert - Altamont Speedway, outside San Francisco, 6 December 1969. A free concert, it is the Stones' idea and it was meant to be the Woodstock of the West (Woodstock having occurred four months earlier). Other bands performing included Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Santana. However, it is far from being the peace and love of Woodstock. Part of the problem is that the Stones hired the Hells Angels as security. The other problem was that a large portion of the crowd were high on drugs. Friction ensues. During the Stones' set, Meredith Hunter, high on methamphetamine and armed with a gun, makes a lunge for the stage and is stabbed to death by the Hells Angels. The peace and ... Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Rolling Stones gave a concert in Altamont, Calif. The Hell's Angels policed it. Four people died. This is the Actual Film Story. See more »


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Maysles Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gimme Shelter See more »

Filming Locations:

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,576, 13 August 2000

Gross USA:

$252,570
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Maysles Films, Penforta See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

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

Grace Slick: You don't hassle with anybody in particular. You gotta keep your bodies off each other unless you intend love. People get weird, and you need people like the Angels to keep people in line. But the Angels also - you know, you don't bust people in the head - for nothing. So both sides are fucking up temporarily; let's not keep FUCKING UP!
See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-released in 1992 with some uncensored dialog and some more brief nudity; this version is rated R. See more »


Soundtracks

Wild Horses
Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Out of control
8 March 1999 | by Greg-132See all my reviews

Certainly not a filmed concert, this important documentary describes, in a very sensitive and powerful way, the incredible human bestiary that rushed towards the 1969 free Rolling Stones show located on Altamont speedway, California. Complete disorganization, brutal security staff, drug abuse will turn this rock party to an awful black celebration that will lead to more than a human sacrifice : the destruction of a new kind of innocence. Often shocking and disturbing, sometimes dreadful, "Gimme shelter" brings to us not only the pictures of a riot. It makes us think about the difficulty for men to live as social animals when they're unable to repress their predator instincts. Let's finally mention the great musical first part of the film, and the quality of the direction.


34 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 79 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed