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Year of the Gun (1991)

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David Raybourne is an American journalist covering political news in Italy during the 1970's. He is involved with the Red Brigades when trying to help a friend (Alison King), who ... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Michael Mewshaw (novel), David Ambrose (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... David Raybourne
Valeria Golino ... Lia
Sharon Stone ... Alison King
John Pankow ... Italo Bianchi
Mattia Sbragia ... Giovanni
George Murcell ... Pierre Bernier
Lou Castel ... Round Faced Man
Francesca Prandi Francesca Prandi ... Woman Terrorist
Carla Cassola Carla Cassola ... Lena
Pietro Bontempo Pietro Bontempo ... 2nd Man
Luigi Di Fiore ... 1st Terrorist
Roberto Posse Roberto Posse ... Lucio
Thomas Elliot Thomas Elliot ... Marco
Darren Kelley ... Joe Bob (as Darren Modder)
Carol Schneider ... Mattie
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David Raybourne is an American journalist covering political news in Italy during the 1970's. He is involved with the Red Brigades when trying to help a friend (Alison King), who photographed them in action and discovers the mafia net is at all levels. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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In a city bathed in blood... who can you trust? See more »


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Rated R for violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godina oružja See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Gross USA:

$1,182,273
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening prologue states: "Rome - January 1978. Italy is in chaos. A group of terrorists calling themselves the Red Brigade has brought a shocked society to a state bordering on revolution. It is the . . . VERLIEBT IN DIE GEHAHR - YEAR OF THE GUN". See more »


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DI PROVENZA EL MAR
(from "AIDA")
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra and Company
Copyright 1991 Countdown Music
Courtesy American Hero Music
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don't really care about American characters in Italian drama
23 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1978 Rome. Violence is in the air threatened by the revolutionary Red Brigade. American David Raybourne (Andrew McCarthy) returns to write for a small paper and a fictional book about them. His friend Italo Bianchi (John Pankow) is a leftist American lecturer at an university. His girlfriend Lia (Valeria Golino) is the estranged wife of rich and powerful Marco. Photo journalist Alison King (Sharon Stone) is also after the Red Bridgade and sees Raybourne as a possible lead. This is a fictionalized account of events leading to the real kidnapping and murder of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

The directing from John Frankenheimer seems inferior or obsolete. The tension needs to be higher. This feels more like a 70's movie. Instead of three lead American characters, I would prefer to see a movie about Italian characters in this Italian drama. I'm not that interested in these Americans although the political intrigue seems compelling. The Americans can always walk away from any danger. It's an extra layer that separates these characters from the intensity of the story.


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