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 <>

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

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The film was made and released about seven years after its source novel of the same name by Michael Mewshaw had been first published in 1984. The book was semi-autobiographical. Mewshaw is a former Newsweek correspondent. 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 »


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Written by Giuseppe Verdi
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don't really care about American characters in Italian drama
23 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1978 Rome. Violence is in the air threatened by the revolutionary Red Brigade. American David Raybourne (Andrew McCarthy) returns to write for a small paper and a fictional book about them. His friend Italo Bianchi (John Pankow) is a leftist American lecturer at an university. His girlfriend Lia (Valeria Golino) is the estranged wife of rich and powerful Marco. Photo journalist Alison King (Sharon Stone) is also after the Red Bridgade and sees Raybourne as a possible lead. This is a fictionalized account of events leading to the real kidnapping and murder of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

The directing from John Frankenheimer seems inferior or obsolete. The tension needs to be higher. This feels more like a 70's movie. Instead of three lead American characters, I would prefer to see a movie about Italian characters in this Italian drama. I'm not that interested in these Americans although the political intrigue seems compelling. The Americans can always walk away from any danger. It's an extra layer that separates these characters from the intensity of the story.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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Year of the Gun See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$606,046, 3 November 1991

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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