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The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
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(1970)

This documentary of the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour has become a legendary, harrowing symbol of the tragic demise of the "Peace and Love" era. After a successful tour across the US, the Rolling Stones gave a free December concert at Altamont Speedway in California with the Grateful Dead, Ike and Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. The band unwisely selected the Hells Angels to provide security, and the bikers resorted to violence to keep the stoned, restless, and often naked crowd in line. The result: dozens of injuries and the on-screen stabbing of a young black man (during "Sympathy for the Devil") by one of the concert's staff security. In a manipulative but effective move, the Maysles brothers filmed Mick Jagger in the editing room witnessing the on-camera murder for the first time. The film also works as a rock-and-roll document, capturing the band at their most relaxed, intoxicating, and electrifying.

Runtime:
1:31
Released:
December 06, 1970

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Nrgpcc3ravs9ogsoknrkd3zojcm Mick Jagger Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Ugf4ahkqati8k98n1lzqtrfv4n2 Keith Richards Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Opj3o4sjrnhpmhcg7vtcpi8aee5 Charlie Watts Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Boqujcnvq9vttgbdisrwu7pmhqr Bill Wyman Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Jgyzyqqfvtqihn1l5xpekkbxx5s Mick Taylor Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
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 Brotthers)
Sam Cutler Himself
Spencer Dryden Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Cwpkw7xnscoe6nv69rr6dnrquui Jerry Garcia Himself (as The Grateful Dead)
Chris Hillman Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Meredith Hunter Himself (black youth stabbed by Hell's Angel)
Paul Kantner Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Jorma Kaukonen Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Pete Kleinow Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Michael Lang Himself (concert organizer)
Bernie Leadon Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Gram Parsons Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Alan Passaro Himself (Hell's Angel who stabs Meredith Hunter)
Roland Schneider Himself
Rock Scully Himself
Michael Shrieve Himself (as Santana band member)
Grace Slick Herself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Frank Terry Himself on KFRC
Ike Turner Himself
Tina Turner Herself

Crew

Directing

Albert Maysles Director

Charlotte Zwerin Director

David Maysles Director

Editing

Joanne Burke Editor

Robert Farren Editor

Ellen Giffard Editor

Kent McKinney Editor

Mirra Bank Editor

Production

Porter Bibb Producer

Roland Schneider Producer