Gimme Shelter

Synopsis: A documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour and the tragic events that concluded it. We see footage of their concerts and of them making the Sticky Fingers album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. However, the main focus of the film is on one concert - Altamont Speedway, outside San Francisco, 6 December 1969. A free concert, it is the Stones' idea and it was meant to be the Woodstock of the West (Woodstock having occurred four months earlier). Other bands performing included Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Santana. However, it is far from being the peace and love of Woodstock. Part of the problem is that the Stones hired the Hells Angels as security. The other problem was that a large portion of the crowd were high on drugs. Friction ensues. During the Stones' set, Meredith Hunter, high on methamphetamine and armed with a gun, makes a lunge for the stage and is stabbed to death by the Hells Angels. The peace and love
Production: Roadside Attractions
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Some of them people

was loaded on some drugs...

that it's just too bad

we wasn't loaded on...

because they come running up the hill,

yelling, "Aaaah," and jump on somebody.

And it wasn't even always

jumping on Angels.

But when they jumped

on an Angel, they got hurt.

[Slams Down Phone]


Well done, Sonny.

I think I remember him.

Do you?

No, I'm not certain.

I don't really remember

what he looked like.

There was a couple of them

before we went on.

They were really very nice,

you know? A couple of them guys.

It's just, uh...

I don't know.

I mean, the way they cleared the path,

for instance, was incredible.

Were you there? Was you in the party

that had to be led to the stage?

- My goodness.

- I saw what they did, yeah.

That was insane.

What did they do?

Well, it's just the way

they did it, you know?

It's very, very...

'Cause before that,

I didn't really think there

was anything going on, you know?

Really. I didn't hear anything

'cause we were right at the side.

Oh, dear, what a shame!

KSAN Radio here. The violence at

Altamont was completely unexpected.

The Rolling Stones had performed

for overflow audiences...

without incident in major cities

across the United States.

[Applause, Cheering]

Okay, roll it.

Whoo! Yeah!

[Crowd Cheering]

Thank you.

Well, all right.

Well, all right!

Well, all right!

Well, all right!

- Whoo!

- [Laughing]

[Woman] Are you any more satisfied

as far as your career goes?


Do you mean sexually

or, or philosophically?

- Both.

- Yeah, we're more satisfied now sexually, aren't...

[Laughter, Chattering]

How about philosophically

and financially?

Financially dissatisfied,

uh, you know.

Uh, sexually satisfied,

philosophically trying.

- Rubbish.

- There's a question here on the right.

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