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Gimme Shelter (1970)

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

Aug 10, 2000

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

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This is a seminal rock doc, and the actual music is only a small part of the magic.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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'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.

November 23, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

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.

June 30, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Essential.

March 18, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

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

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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

November 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A disturbing time capsule that showcases the anti-Woodstock

September 5, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

This look at the Rolling Stones' disastrous concert at Altamont is so chilling it will prevent anyone from ever looking back at the 1960s with rose-colored glasses.

March 28, 2003
Nitrate Online

There are so many great and terrible things about this documentary.

June 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

There exist few films that exclaim their time's ideas with such gravity as Gimme Shelter.

May 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Concepts of viewing that are often dealt with subconciously are brought to a blinding light by the Maysles Brothers.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

much like the '60s itself: both enthralling and incredibly disturbing

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Gimme Shelter

Riveting, thought provoking, chaotic and above all unforgettable, Gimme Shelter is a flawless documentary about the tragic free concert at the Altamont Speedway on December 6th, 1969 that was held by The Rolling Stones. The concert's security was The Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, and they brutalized concert goers and members of various bands. Throughout the concert, The Hell's Angels stabbed a concert goer who had a gun. The footage you see here is unlike anything you've ever seen. Brilliantly shot with camera work that is raw, gritty and in your face. Here is a documentary take puts you right in the middle of the chaos and for that it is truly an outstanding piece of work. This is a concert that should have gone off without a hitch, but it didn't. What should have been a fun day quickly turned into a nightmare. The concert goers didn't deserve to be treated as such, and it is truly a disturbing, yet necessary picture that is among the finest rock documentaries ever made. I really loved the film, and I felt that it is an important picture that is brilliant, flawless in its execution and it shows something that you would normally never see. Altamont was a nightmare, disaster and utter chaos of that concert. Only Woodstock 1999 would be just as bad, even worse. But before Woodstock 99, there was Altamont. Gimme Shelter is a film experience that you won't forget, but be warned, this film is intense and the footage is real, all too real. The concert proved one thing, a lack of inexperienced security can ruin something as fun and memorable concert. Violent bikers are not a good idea for security and this film shows exactly that. Gimme Shelter is easily the finest rock documentary ever made, and it shows the ugly side of what can go wrong during a concert. Truly memorable.
April 6, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Scary and insane, this catastrophic show it's very good directed by the Maysles Brothers and Charlotte Zwerin. Gimme Shelter is an agonizing documentary with unforgettable footages of a tragic Woodstock, with a powerful shock of different minds and behavior. Shocking and unique.
August 2, 2012
Lucas Martins

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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 a lot of time is dedicated to observing the setup and crowd (hippy excess and Hell's Angels confusion/brutality). The fact that the Maysles' were able to capture on film what they did (the infamous stabbing and the end of flower-child ideals) is nothing short of extraordinary. Then there's the Stones! A must for fans of Jagger and company and flawless documentary filmmaking.
May 19, 2011
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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Maysels do it again.
November 11, 2007
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