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December 20, 2015
American reporter in Italy writes a supposedly ficticious novel which gets taken a bit too seriously, getting several people killed with the help of an overzealous photographer. A bit complicated with styles and fashions that don't really match 1978.
March 10, 2014
It totally sucked, the only good thing about it was looking at Sharon Stone or Valeria Golino!
½ October 27, 2012
A few people die due to a supposedly fictional book draft an American journalist writes at the height of the Red Brigade in Italy where Aldo Moro was kidnapped and killed in 1978. I could have used subtitles for the Italian speaking scenes.
May 15, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012

(1991) Year Of The Gun

Made in the same tradition as "Mississippi Burning" which it takes a real life event involving unexisting characters, in this case involves an inspiring journalist (Andrew MacCarthy) whose set out to become a fictional novelist who about to get involved with an assassination attempt with a coup called "The Red Brigade" coincidently start to write about there the coups actions. By using the fast forward button on some boring parts, this film isn't that bad.

2.5 out of 4
November 23, 2011
Not bad Thriller from Director John Frankenheimer ,the biggest problem being continuity and a story which turns a vital subject just a little bit stale.

The film is meant to be set in 1978 around the time when the Red Brigades kidnapped Aldo Moro and waged war against the state ,the problem is the film is packed full of cars from the late 80s and early 90s so you easily forget the period its meant to be set in.

The three lead actors all come off a touch bland and only John Pankow gives a powerful performance as a friend with dubious connections.

Frankenhiemer does manage some good touches but by the time the action gathers pace you dont really care whats going on.

I tried to enjoy it but when a political thriller lacks thrills and mudlles its politics you come away feeling more confused than when you started.
August 21, 2011
"It had its ups and downs." No flaws, for acting. John Pankow, was truly exceptional. Andrew McCarthy, looked awkward, throughout and Sharon Stone, you can not take your eyes off of.
February 9, 2011
A surprisingly weak performance from McCarthy, a typical one from Stone, poor directing, and even Conti's score doesn't really fit.
Super Reviewer
November 7, 2010
not awful as a bit of drama towards the end but bordering on it! best thing about it was probably sharon stone in her early years but aside from that it just came across all too blithe
½ March 14, 2010
A few people die due to a supposedly fictional book draft an American journalist writes at the height of the Red Brigade in Italy where Aldo Moro was kidnapped and killed in 1978. I could have used subtitles for the Italian speaking scenes.
½ August 26, 2009
Again, John Frankheimer's career after his "paranoia trilogy" of the 1960s (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, and SECONDS) was uneven and he never again made another classic like MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, he still made some enjoyable and under-rated films. Probably 1991 was too soon to make a film set in 1978, within a few years there would be a slew of successful films set in the "Me Decade." Those films were generally dramas or comedies and were set in the USA; THE YEAR OF THE GUN is a thriller set in Italy at the height of the Red Brigades reign of terror. Andrew McCarthy is a writer researching a fictional novel about terrorism, but soon he and journalist Sharon Stone find themselves suffering the unwelcome attentions of murderous terrorists and unsympathetic police officials (and neither of these Americans ever once considers making a break for the U.S. embassy?). The script is uneven in parts, but Frankenheimer deftly handles the action and builds the suspense, with the city of Rome as a backdrop. Worth checking out.
½ June 17, 2009
I enjoyed this film. its set in italy during the anni di piombo and one of the main characters is a photographer so that was three of my current interests pandered too straight away. A good European style thriller i thought with unpleasent things happening to flawed people with (fairly) believable motivations. There are worse ways to pass a couple of hours.
½ June 9, 2009
A good snapshot of troubled times in Italy, but the complicated politics is just a little too much for Franenheimer to handle on the big screen, the result is a tired looking thriller.
June 9, 2009
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie...i think that valeria golino, sharon stone, john pankow, andrew mccarthy play good roles/parts throughout this movie...i think that the director of this action/adventure/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie...its an enjoyable movie 2 watch n its really well filmed because its filmed in rome...its a good movie 2 watch n its enjoyable
November 3, 2008
So apparently the lack of subtitles was unintentional? Didn't actually feel like I was missing anything.
April 10, 2008
This movie is guaranteed to be horrible so here is some Billy Squire for your amusement:

"Now everybody, have you heard
If you're in the game, then the stroke's the word
Don't take no rhythm, don't take no style
Got a thirst for killin' - grab your vial... "

First person to name that song will get an invisible bowl of rice. Nothing will stifle hunger like Uncle Ben's invisible rice, homestyle.
½ March 28, 2008
Not a very good drama
½ March 14, 2008
Dull and boring political thriller with a few interesting sequences (such as the robbery scene shown in slow motion with freeze frames to indicate camera snaps). It tries to be provocative in its commentary of terrorism in Italy, but it only ends up saying absolutely nothing. Recommended only for Frankenheimer fans, all others should skip it.
March 2, 2008
good performances by McCarthy and Stone. good story.
November 8, 2007
In this thriller, American novelist David Raybourne (Andrew McCarthy) accidentally becomes entangled in the Red Brigade's terrorist plan to kidnap Italian Premier Aldo Moro during a research trip to Rome. As the terrorists attempt to kill David, he and his photojournalist friend (Sharon Stone) must struggle to stay alive.
September 18, 2007
I watched this movie with the sound off. I intend, someday, to watch it again, with the sound on.
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