|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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