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The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

  • 9.1 10
  • 1970
  • Nonemin
The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
  • English

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.

The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
  • English
Albert Maysles
Albert Maysles Director, Director of Photography
David Maysles
David Maysles Director, Director of Photography
Porter Bibb
Porter Bibb Producer
Mirra Bank
Mirra Bank Editor
Albert Maysles
Albert Maysles Himself (uncredited)
David Maysles
David Maysles Himself (uncredited)
Phil Lesh
Phil Lesh Himself (as The Grateful Dead)
Keith Richards
Keith Richards Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Mick Taylor
Mick Taylor Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Bill Wyman
Bill Wyman Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia Himself (as The Grateful Dead)
Marty Balin
Marty Balin Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Sonny Barger
Sonny Barger Himself
Melvin Belli
Melvin Belli Himself
Dick Carter
Dick Carter Himself
Jack Casady
Jack Casady Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Mike Clarke
Mike Clarke Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brotthers)
Sam Cutler
Sam Cutler Himself
Spencer Dryden
Spencer Dryden Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Meredith Hunter
Meredith Hunter Himself (black youth stabbed by Hell's Angel)
Paul Kantner
Paul Kantner Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Jorma Kaukonen
Jorma Kaukonen Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Pete Kleinow
Pete Kleinow Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Michael Lang
Michael Lang Himself (concert organizer)
Bernie Leadon
Bernie Leadon Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Alan Passaro
Alan Passaro Himself (Hell's Angel who stabs Meredith Hunter)
Rock Scully
Rock Scully Himself
Michael Shrieve
Michael Shrieve Himself (as Santana band member)
Grace Slick
Grace Slick Herself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Frank Terry
Frank Terry Himself on KFRC
Ike Turner
Ike Turner Himself
Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart Himself (uncredited)
Chris Hillman
Chris Hillman Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Tina Turner
Tina Turner Herself

Production Companies

Maysles Films