Overall, John Frankenheimer's YEAR OF THE GUN is an entertainingly trashy, occasionally even thought-provoking, political thriller.
The story takes place in Rome, in 1978. David Raybourne (Andrew McCarthy) is an American journalist who becomes involved in the terrorist activities of the Communist Red Brigade, who plot to overthrow the government by kidnapping Prime Minister Aldo Moro. His rich lover, Lia Spinelli (Valeria
Golino), is tied to this group as well. Hotshot photojournalist Alison King (Sharon Stone) arrives on the scene in time to shoot the bloody robbery of a bank and get romantically entangled with David, who she suspects knows more about the Red ...