Overall Rank: 2371
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 33
Theatrical Release Date: 12/06/1970
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Actors: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Meredith Hunter
Plot: Follows the Rolling Stones on their 1969 tour, mainly focusing on their free concert at Altamont Speedway in California where the decision to use Hell's Angels as security leads to tragic consequences. -- Chris Kavan
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Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/03/2008
An excellent documentary featuring one of my favorite bands in one of their darkest hours. Altamont was supposed to be another Woodstock, but mixing Hells Angels and an unruly drug-fueled crowd is a recipe for disaster. The Music is great, and watching the organized chaos is frightfully effective. The emotions are genuine and you get a sense this was one of those events that closed the door on the free-love days of the 60s and ushered in a new, less altruistic era of the 70s. Gimme Shelter is both a triumph and a tragedy, one that no music or documentary fan should miss.
Allison - wrote on 10/18/2008
Ow! I had put off seeing this one for so long. I saw it on cable, not even the big screen, but it managed to rock!! The Maysles Brothers are awesome, but this really is an achievement. I liked Charlie is My Darling, the other lesser-seen Rolling Stones doc and I thought that was pretty good, but Gimme Shelter floored me. A must if you are the fan.
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