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Gimme Shelter (1970)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 14, 2000

Official Website:
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Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Maysles Films, Penforta (executive produced for The Rolling Stones in association with)

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Genre: Documentary, Murder, Cult Classic

Tagline: The music that thrilled the world ... and the killing that stunned it!

Plot: This documentary of the Rolling Stones' 1969 U.S. tour was unexpectedly transformed into a legendary, harrowing document near the end of the Peace and Love era. After a successful tour across the country, the band gave a free December concert at Altamont Speedway in California with the Grateful Dead (not seen performing), Ike and Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, and the Flying Burrito Brothers (all seen performing one song each). The poorly planned show was fraught with problems from its inception. The band unwisely selected the Hells Angels motorcycle club to provide security, and after the pre-existing chaos was fueled by very visible alcohol and drug abuse, 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 African American man (during "Sympathy for the Devil") by one of the "security" staff.

In a manipulative but effective move, the Maysles brothers and Charlotte Zwerin filmed Mick Jagger in the editing room witnessing the on-camera murder for the first time. The film also captured the band at their most relaxed, intoxicated, and electrifying--performing some of their greatest tracks in a raw, stripped-down style.

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 Directed by
Albert Maysles
Salesman, The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit, Addiction
David Maysles
Salesman, Showman, Grey Gardens
Charlotte Zwerin
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
 Written by
Mick Jagger
Shine a Light, Freejack, The Man from Elysian Fields
The Rolling Stones
The Work of Director Michel Gondry, Toronto Rocks, Toast of the Town: (Episode #23.13)
Charlie Watts
Shine a Light, The Work of Director Michel Gondry, Sympathy for the Devil
Keith Richards
Shine a Light, The Kids Are Alright, The Work of Director Michel Gondry
Bill Wyman
Sympathy for the Devil, Let's Spend the Night Together, At the Max
Marty Balin
Monterey Pop, Fly Jefferson Airplane
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