Year of the Gun

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Time Out says

Frankenheimer's affinity for political subjects involving assassination, conspiracy and terrorism was proved by The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May and Black Sunday, so what went so horribly wrong with this movie about Italy's Red Brigades? Rather than a viable script, it seems to be chunks from Michael Mewshaw's source novel, several of them leading nowhere, while the complicated political background is left to a university professor to pass off as conversation. The casting is dreadful, particularly smug McCarthy as the investigating American journalist, and Stone as a veteran war photographer, coiffured like one of Charlie's Angels. The Red Brigades are strictly pantomime: you expect them to carry round black fizzing bombs. Is our hero compiling a report on the revolutionaries or is he writing a novel about them? Much seems to depend upon this, though the outcome is far from clear. In short, Frankenheimer kneecaps himself.
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Release details

UK release:

1991

Duration:

111 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Cast:

Mattia Sbragia, George Murcell, John Pankow, Valeria Golino, Sharon Stone, Andrew McCarthy, Roberto Posse

Music:

Bill Conti

Production Designer:

Aurelio Crugnola

Editor:

Lee Percy

Cinematography:

Blasco Giurato

Screenwriter:

David Ambrose

Producer:

Edward R Pressman

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