Gimme Shelter
Gimme Shelter (1970)

The original rude boys of British rock, The Rolling Stones, tour America, culminating in a death at Altamont.

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 6, 1970
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2000
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Howard Smith
Village Voice

It's knowing about the killing, and waiting for it to happen on the screen that gives the film its energy and thrust.

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Sean Axmaker

... put a frame around the notorious Altamont Speedway free concert that became the grim bookend to the decade.

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Michael Dequina

The most fascinating aspect about the film is how it traces the anatomy of the disaster that was Altamont.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

This is a seminal rock doc, and the actual music is only a small part of the magic.

Emanuel Levy

This seminal docu of the Rolling Stones free concert, in which a black youth was stabbed by Hell's Angels, raises crucial questions about cinema verite style, moral ambiguity, complicity, and mass behavior.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though upsetting, the film remains an eye-opening eyewitness report on the counterculture experience in its decline.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Gimme Shelter' is not a concert film but a statement of a sea change, of the group way back when and of an end to its and the public's innocence and to the counterculture that once flourished.

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Cole Smithey


Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

A disturbing time capsule that showcases the anti-Woodstock

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Riveting, thought provoking, chaotic and above all unforgettable, Gimme Shelter is a flawless documentary about the tragic free concert at the Altamont Speedway… More
Tim Sigur
Maysels do it again.
Lucas Martins
Scary and insane, this catastrophic show it's very good directed by the Maysles Brothers and Charlotte Zwerin. Gimme Shelter is an agonizing documentary… More
Michael Gildea
The stabbing at Altamont was pretty crazy and is the highlight of Gimme Shelter. Another reason to watch is the part where Mick Jagger asks the crowd, "who… More
Michael S
A stunning time capsule, capturing it's era perfectly. At times you forget that it is at it's core a Rolling Stones concert film, due to the fact that… More
Cameron Johnson
Well, it would appear as though they have, for decades, exploited musicians at a height in their popularity to attract moviegoers to slam-bang music… More