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• Filming: David Maysles and Albert Maysles
• Directors: David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin
• Editor: Charlotte Zwerin
• Contributing Film Editors: Ellen Giffard (Hovde), Robert Farren, Joanne Burke, and Kent McKinney
• Associate Producer: Porter Bibb
• Additional Photography: Peter Adair, Baird Bryant, Joan Churchill, Ron Dorfman, Robert Elfstrom, Elliott Erwitt, Bob Fiori, Adam Giffard, William Kaplan, Kevin Keating, Stephen Lighthill, George Lucas, Jim Moody, Jack Newman, Pekke Niemala, Robert Primes, Eric Saarinen, Peter Smokler, Paul Ryan, Coulter Watt, Gary Weiss, Bill Yarrus
• Sound: Michael Becker, John Brumbaugh, Howard Chesley, Pepper Crawford, Stanley Cronquist, Paul Deason, Tom Goodwin, Peter Pilafin, Orly Lindgren, Walter Murch, Art Rochester, Nelson Stoll, David Thompson, Alvin Tokunow

For the Rolling Stones:

• Executive Producer Ronald Schneider, in association with Penforta LTD.

Music Credits:

The Rolling Stones: Jumping Jack Flash, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, You Gotta Move, Wild Horses, Brown Sugar, Love in Vain, Honky Tonk Women, Street Fighting Man, Sympathy For The Devil, Under My Thumb, Gimme Shelter

Tina Turner: I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

Jefferson Airplane: The Other Side of This Life

Flying Burrito Brothers: Six Days On The Road

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Gimme Shelter

Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, 1970, 91 min

Film Synopsis

The landmark documentary about the tragically
ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont
Speedway on December 6, 1969. Only four months
earlier, Woodstock defined the Love Generation;
now it lay in ruins on a desolate racetrack six miles
outside of San Francisco.

Before an estimated crowd of 300,000 people,
the Stones headlined a free concert featuring
Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying
Burrito Brothers and others. Concerned about
security, members of outlaw biker gang The
Hell's Angels were asked to help maintain order.
Instead, an atmosphere of fear and dread arose,
leading ultimately to the stabbing death of a fan.
What began as a flower-power love-in had
degenerated into a near riot; frightened, confused
faces wondering how the Love Generation could,
in one swift, cold-blooded slash, became a
generation of disillusionment and disappointment.

December 6, 1969: the day the Sixties died.


“Pauline Kael vs. Gimme Shelter”

“One of the most important films of the year.”
– NEWSDAY, 1970

“A shocker. Pouting, bumping, crowing into the
microphone, Jagger is completely mesmerizing.”
– DAILY NEWS, 1970

“One of the most powerful films ever made.
I can only implore you to see it.”
“Vivid, scary, revealing, hypertense.”
– PLAYBOY, 1970

“There’s no way to escape the image on the
screen, nor deny its truth. We blew it at Altamont;
GIMME SHELTER lets us watch ourselves blowing it,
and makes us understand how and why. It’s a lot
harder than it looks to make a film as good as this one.”

“The most disturbing, powerful, and inciteful moments
to be recorded on film of the young generation raised
on rock.” – NEWSWEEK, 1970

“One of the year’s most important films. A mesmerizing
portrait of the love and drug generation.”

“A mind blowing trip across young America.”

“A stunning film, a sensational piece of filmmaking,
a landmark.”


Premiered in New York’s Plaza Theater