Ty Burr
June 26, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gimme Shelter

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
91 minutes
performer
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones
director
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
distributor
ABKCO
genre
musical, Documentary

We gave it an A+

Just rereleased on video, Gimme Shelter may be the greatest rock film ever made; it’s certainly the most frightening. Mick Jagger hoped the 1969 free concert at California’s Altamont Speedway would be ”a microcosmic society which sets an example to the rest of America.” A cynic might say he got his wish: Altamont became the anti-Woodstock when the Maysles brothers’ cameras caught one of the Hell’s Angels hired for crowd control in the act of killing a bystander. The scene in which Jagger pleads for the fighting throng to ”be all one,” then cues the band into the spiteful ”Under My Thumb,” hints at what went wrong — with the concert in particular and the ’60s in general. A+

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