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

[Announcer] Everybody seems to be ready.

Are you ready?

[Crowd Cheering]

For the first time

in three years,

the greatest rock 'n'roll band

in the world, the Rolling Stones!

- The Rolling Stones!

- [Crowd Cheering]

[Mick Jagger]

We're gonna have a look at you.

We're gonna see

how beautiful you are.

Whoo! All right!

## [Electric Guitars]

Oh, New York City, you talk a lot.

Let's have a look at you.

Let's have a look at New York City.

[Crowd Cheering]


Well, all right!

[Cheering Continues]

Welcome to the breakfast show.



[Crowd Cheering]

Thank you. Whoo!

Thank you.

We're just gonna wake up.

[Cheering Continues]

[Mick Jagger]

Well, all right!

Charlie's good tonight,

isn't he?

I think you really...

you really dressed up tonight.

Aren't they?

We'd like to see how you look.

Can we see how they look?

Let's have a look how they look.

Come on.

Oh, wejust want

to see how they look.

Ohhh, we couldn't see you!

We couldn't see you.

It's really hard

to see this together, isn't it?

It will take time.

- What?

- Eight weeks.

Eight weeks.

Eight weeks.

Do you think you can

do it that quick?

This gives us the freedom.

All you guys watching us.

We may only be on you

for a minute,

then go to almost anything.

This is Stefan Ponek,

KSAN Radio, San Francisco.

Well, the Rolling Stones' tour

of the United States is over.

They wound it up with a free

concert at the Altamont Speedway

for more than 300,000 people.

There were four births, four deaths

and an awful lot of scuffles reported.

We received word that someone

was stabbed to death...

in front of the stage

by a member of the Hell's Angels.

Nothing's confirmed on that.

We were there.

We didn't see it,

but we did see a lot.

We want to know what you saw.

Our phones are open.

We'd like to hear from you. What

was the Altamont free concert like?

[Man] The Angels did as they saw

best in the difficult situation.

As far as I'm concerned,

they were people who were here...

who tried to help

in their own way.

- Right? You know?

- Hmm. Right.

If people didn't dig it,

I'm sorry.

[Ponek] That was Sam Cutler, one of

the organizers of the free concert.

I think we've got one of

the Hell's Angels on the line.

Sonny Barger.

Have I got that right, Sonny?

- Yeah.

- Okay, what's up?

[Sonny] I didn't go there

to police nothing, man.

I ain't no cop. I ain't never

gonna pretend to be a cop.

And this Mick Jagger, like...


Put it all on the Angels, man.

Like, he used us for dupes, man.

And as far as I'm concerned,

we were the biggest suckers for

that idiot that I can ever see.

And you know what?

They told me...

if I could sit

on the edge of the stage...

so nobody would climb

over me, you know,

I could drink beer

until the show was over.

That's what I went there to do.

But you know what?

When they started messing over

our bikes, they started it.

I don't know if you think

we pay $50 for them things...

or steal them

or pay a lot for them or what.

Ain't nobody

gonna kick my motorcycle.

And they might think because they're

in a crowd of 300,000 people...

that they can do it

and get away with it.

But when you're standing there,

looking at something that's your life,

and everything you've got

is invested in that thing,

and you love that thing better

than anything in the world,

and you see a guy kick it,

you know who he is.

You're gonna get him.

And you know what? They got got.

I am not no peace creep

by any sense of the word.

And you can call them people

flower children and this and that.

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