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Year of the Gun (1991)

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Two young Americans, he a journalist and she a photojournalist, experience Red Brigades terrorists close up in Rome, 1978.


John Frankenheimer


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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The picture was made and released about thirteen years after the real life events, on which the film's source novel was based, had taken place in 1978. See more »


Near end of film, crew person in red coat seen in chrome of driver's rear view mirror just before Lia gets out of the car on the barren hillside before the kidnapped man and woman get out. See more »


(from "AIDA")
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra and Company
Copyright 1991 Countdown Music
Courtesy American Hero Music
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an underrated 90' political thriller
29 March 2007 | by trojans7See all my reviews

this may not be john frankenhiemers best work but is not one to overlook. i feel at the time of its release andrew mccarthy career was already over and although he does a fare job of it he did not help it's release and sharon stone was not yet a house hold name.plus Italian politics of the 70's doesn't really sound that inviting.

however this little film is exiting,intriguing and well plotted. you feel for andrews plight and you feel lost in a world you don't really understand just like andrew. weather intentionally or not it works for me i don't it want all laid out. the actions of the red brigade are not answered just like the news we watch every night. john frankenhiemer made the best of a hard subject and the last third of the movie is very tense. with a good twist and a message that has not dated.

also the DVD quality is very good but where are the subtitles and how about some extras, the deleted scene is odd to say the least. if your a sharon stone fan its a must one of her better early performances.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godina oružja See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$606,046, 3 November 1991

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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