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Gimme Shelter (1970)

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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.
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Credited cast:
The Rolling Stones ... Themselves
Mick Jagger ... Self
Charlie Watts ... Self
Keith Richards ... Self (as Keith Richard)
Mick Taylor ... Self
Bill Wyman ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marty Balin ... Self (as Jefferson Airplane)
Sonny Barger ... Self
Melvin Belli ... Self
Dick Carter Dick Carter ... Self
Jack Casady ... Self (as Jefferson Airplane)
Mike Clarke Mike Clarke ... Self (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Sam Cutler Sam Cutler ... Self
Spencer Dryden ... Self (as Jefferson Airplane)
Chris Hillman ... Self (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
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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

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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 »


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Trivia

In addition to " Brown Sugar", " You Got to Move" and "Wild Horses", the Stones also featured the song "Love In Vain" at Muscle Shoals spliced with the live footage of said song at the Madison Square Garden show. 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!
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

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Love in Vain
Written by Robert Johnson
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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the end of rock 'n' roll
5 July 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

There's sort of two documentaries here: one shows the actual concert in Altamont, and the other shows the Rolling Stones watching the footage to see where everything went wrong. In the concert part, one can easily tell that all the peace and love inherent in Woodstock was unfortunately not to be here; in the review part, one can see that the Stones are stoned.

Yes, I guess that we have to admit that the '60s were great while they lasted, but this was unfortunately the end (no doubt the whole Manson thing also contributed). But either way, it's a great documentary. I suspect that the Stones got satisfaction by working on it.


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Country:

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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 »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,576, 13 August 2000

Gross USA:

$252,570
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Maysles Films, Penforta See more »
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1.33 : 1
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