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4.0 out of 5 stars well..you won't be nodding off!
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...
Published on 1 Nov 2003 by Julie

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3.0 out of 5 stars One of Frankenheimer's better later films - but a frustrating 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...
Published on 12 May 2011 by Trevor Willsmer


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well..you won't be nodding off!, 1 Nov 2003
This review is from: Year of the Gun [VHS] (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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3.0 out of 5 stars One of Frankenheimer's better later films - but a frustrating DVD,, 12 May 2011
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This review is from: Year Of The Gun [1991] [DVD] (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, 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Point blank photos..., 15 Jan 2014
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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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