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Year Of The Gun [1991] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Sharon Stone, Valeria Golino, John Pankow, Mattia Sbragia
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: David Ambrose, Michael Mewshaw
  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Eric Fellner, Robert L. Rosen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LSFS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It is 1978 and an American journalist (Andrew McCarthy), working in Italy, stumbles across the Red Brigade's plans to kidnap Prime Minister Aldo Moro. An American photographer (Sharon Stone) teams up with him on the case but they soon fear for their lives in this political thriller. John Frankenheimer directs.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julie on 1 Nov 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Year Of The Gun....staring Andrew McCarthy and Sharon Stone.
I have always had a soft spot for Andrew McCarthy, and actually picked up the video purely to watch him - sad as I am! I was pleasantly surprised at the change of character play in this film. Not Andrew's usual romantic/comedy style.
It proved to be an on-the-edge of your seat thriller, reminiscent to me of the film: The Long Good Friday, although I found it to be more entertaining in the sense that it did not have as much violence, but still retained its action packed theme. It deals with a terrorist organisation theme, and love and deception.
Of course it also included Sharon Stone – adding a raw sexy/steamy quality to the film. It was moving - frightening even, if you want to think about the real issues here. All in all, an engaging film. Kept me on the edge of my seat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 May 2011
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The latter years of John Frankenheimer's career were mostly a downward spiral with only occasional rare steps in the right direction, but Year of the Gun is certainly one of his better late entries thanks to a terrific premise. A less annoying than usual Andrew McCarthy is an American writer in Rome secretly working on a Day of the Jackal-style novel about a Red Brigade plot to kidnap Aldo Moro, only to end up in their bad books in a very big way when it turns out to be a virtual blueprint for the real-life crime they're on the verge of committing. Sharon Stone, in the best of her pre-Basic Instinct films, plays the pushy freelance photo-journalist after his story who gets down to her trademark horizontal gymnastics (sans icepick this time) for good measure, while no-one else is what they seem to be.

The plot creates its own momentum, leaving Frankenheimer free to evoke the chaotic Italian political landscape and the shocking violence of the Red Brigade's outrages in a series of convincing set-pieces. The action is well-handled - especially a bank getaway and a prolonged chase sequence - the story engrossing and for once the ending catches you off-guard. Not up to the standard of Frankenheimer's earlier classics, this is still a superior thriller, though the lack of English subtitles for the Italian dialogue is a bit frustrating - they're not to be found on the UK DVD, the widescreen German DVD (which cuts one sex scene from the US and UK versions but includes it as a deleted scene) or US DVD either.
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David Raybourne is an American journalist covering political news in Italy during the 1970's.

He gets involved with the Red Brigades when trying to help Alison King, who photographed them in action and discover the mafia net is at all levels...

Wow.

I've seen some bad films, but Frankenheimer has made some decent movies in the past, and this was supposed to be factual, so it had my attention.

McCarthey is woefully miscast in this, and the film consists of him and the bloke from To Live And Die In L.A, eating sandwiches and drinking wine.

It's supposed to be some controversial movie about the Red Brigade movement, but in fact it's nothing more than McCarthey being a dirty old man and pursuing Stone while Golino is waiting at home for him.

Dialogue is beyond bad, and its filmed in such a way, it looks really really cheap, like true movies cheap.

It's a torturous watch, and its no wonder McCarthy didn't really get any more starring roles after this, and Stone had to be more...revealing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Decent film, awful DVD 13 Feb 2007
By James Luckard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a moderately entertaining late work from John Frankenheimer. The basic premise - a young journalist writes a novel about the Red Brigade in 1970's Italy, only to have it stolen and mistaken for the truth, causing him and his friends to be hunted for murder - is strong. The film itself is hampered by an obviously low budget and a lackluster leading man, though Stone and Golino are quite good. Even with schlocky stuff like this, Frankenheimer's talent with the camera and his actors shines through.

The DVD, however, is a complete disaster. Many scenes are in Italian, but Sony has left off the original subtitles, as another reviewer mentioned. Scenes going on for five minutes at a stretch become incomprehensible. In addition, though the case says the film is in 1.66:1 widescreen, it is actually fullscreen.

The film is not a masterpiece by any means, but it deserved better treatment than this.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Caution! 9 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This DVD does not have english subtitles for the Italian dialogue. Some minor plot points are not clearly expressed because of this (Unless of course you are fluent in Italian). The old VHS versions have the english translations.
The film itself suffers from its flaws. The plot is a bit convoluted but still acceptable. Andrew McCarthy, John Pankow, and Sharon Stone all deliver somewhat lifeless performances. The already bland script is diminished by the poor delivery from the actors, and some questionable editing. The cinematography vacillates between bland and wonderful.
Despite all of its problems, I still manage to like this film. It is a must for any Frankenheimer devotee, also for any admirer of the wonderful Valeria Golino.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of Frankenheimer's better later films - but a frustrating DVD 15 Feb 2008
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The latter years of John Frankenheimer's career were mostly a downward spiral with only occasional rare steps in the right direction, but Year of the Gun is certainly one of his better late entries thanks to a terrific premise. A less annoying than usual Andrew McCarthy is an American writer in Rome secretly working on a Day of the Jackal-style novel about a Red Brigade plot to kidnap Aldo Moro, only to end up in their bad books in a very big way when it turns out to be a virtual blueprint for the real-life crime they're on the verge of committing. Sharon Stone, in the best of her pre-Basic Instinct films, plays the pushy freelance photo-journalist after his story who gets down to her trademark horizontal gymnastics (sans icepick this time) for good measure, while no-one else is what they seem to be.

The plot creates its own momentum, leaving Frankenheimer free to evoke the chaotic Italian political landscape and the shocking violence of the Red Brigade's outrages in a series of convincing set-pieces. The action is well-handled - especially a bank getaway and a prolonged chase sequence - the story engrossing and for once the ending catches you off-guard. Not up to the standard of Frankenheimer's earlier classics, this is still a superior thriller, though the lack of English subtitles for the Italian dialogue is a bit frustrating - they're not to be found on the UK DVD or the widescreen German DVD (which cuts one sex scene from the US and UK versions but includes it as a deleted scene) either.
The facts got in the way 19 Nov 2008
By Genevieve Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Italy 1978: American journalist David Raybourne (Andrew McCarthy) moves to Italy with the intention of writing a political thriller about the Red Brigade, a group of left-wing radicals who were terrorizing Italy at the time. Photojournalist Alison King (Sharon Stone), who also wants to produce a book on the Red Brigade, albeit a non-fiction one, accidentally mistakes Raybourne's novel for a work of fact and ultimately causes the Red Brigade to believe that their deepest secrets are about to be exposed, leading to Raybourne and King being forced to flee for their lives.

"The Year of the Gun" is a reasonably entertaining political thriller/action film that is hampered by its desire to integrate historical facts into its storyline. Being neither Italian nor alive in the 1970's, I was unfamiliar with the historical background to "The Year of the Gun" prior to sitting down to watch it. This made the first half hour or so of this film a little bit difficult for me to follow, but once I started to catch on to what was going on, I quite enjoyed this film and found myself comparing it favourably to other political thrillers that I had seen, such as "The Manchurian Candidate", which was also directed by John Frankenheimer, the director of this film. Unfortunately, in the end, "The Year of the Gun" is no "Manchurian Candidate".

"The Year of the Gun" falls down by wanting to include the kidnapping of president Aldo Moro into its plot. It is a historical fact that Aldo Moro was kidnapped and ultimately murdered by the Red Brigade, something which the writers of this film couldn't change. Although a kidnapping makes for exciting viewing, the facts rule out Moro being saved by our heroes, making for a rather disappointing ending to this film. Another drawback is that throughout this film there are numerous scenes where characters converse in Italian with no subtitles, with these scenes becoming longer and more frequent as the film progresses. I can assure you that even two minutes of hearing people speak in a language that you can't understand is enough to make you lose interest in what you are watching. This is a well made film and everyone involved in it seems to be trying very hard to make it work (and both Stone and McCarthy turn in good performances), but in the end, the short comings make this a film that I will probably never revisit, rather than a classic like "The Manchurian Candidate".
I loved the show 12 Mar 2014
By Eva Wangler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
because it was a good movie.nothing.I would recommend the movie to anyone who is a adult to watch the movie
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