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.
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User Reviews: From right away, I wanted to yell at this film: get your plot straight, and tell it properly! OK, so, it would seem that David(Andrew, who returns to Rome to author a book, that turns out to be fictional – though it uses the real names of people, seeming to potentially get them in serious trouble… and in a twist that wouldn’t have played out in a Saturday morning cartoon, what he writes is mistaken as documenting it) is with this chick who is divorcing a wife-beater and who she has a son with. And terrorists(who are only made out to look pure evil, which I could have understood if this had been made back in ’78, but not in ’91, where it was becoming clearer that calling such individuals and organizations freedom fighters can be more reasonable) are causing bad stuff to go down in Italy, though it’s never made clear to what end, or if the government really *is* corrupt. All we know is that they’re Communist, rendering this potentially a propaganda tool for the red scare. If we could at least care about the characters, however, the very introductions to our main characters ensures that they are wholly unappealing human beings(Stone is almost getting herself killed taking freaking photographs, obnoxious McCarthey wants to blow people up that we know nothing about(at that point or at all), etc.) and I couldn’t care about them for the rest of this. Not one person in this had me engaged. Frankenheimer does infuse some scenes with tension and excitement… although this is definitely a thriller, with next to no real action, if it can be effective when it is there. The filming isn’t bad, and the editing, as well(if some of the FX shots and stunts are poorly hidden). There is some moderate to strong language and a little female nudity and sexuality(at least one of the sequences is hot and with Sharon(the two are connected) in this. The DVD comes with a trailer. I recommend this to those who never support the people rising against those in power. 5/10