67% The Maze Runner Sep 19
67% A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
56% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
91% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

13% No Good Deed $24.3M
73% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
89% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
36% The November Man $2.8M
33% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

68% The Equalizer Sep 26
70% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
86% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

Premieres Tonight

33% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1
61% Red Band Society: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Franklin & Bash: Season 4
—— The League: Season 6
56% Legends: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Brickleberry: Season 3
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— The Mindy Project: Season 3
—— New Girl: Season 4
83% Sons of Anarchy: Season 7

Blast of Silence

Blast of Silence (1961)


No Score Yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 0



liked it
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 758

My Rating

Movie Info

A few days in the life of a murderer go under the microscope in this offbeat and intense low-budget film noir, the first feature from director Allen Baron. Frankie Bono (Baron) is a hired killer from Cleveland who travels to New York City a few days before Christmas on an assignment. Bono, a bitter loner who has few friends and little use for relationships with others, has been brought to the Big Apple to rub out Troiano (Peter Clume), a second-rate mobster. After a less than pleasant encounter


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Apr 15, 2008

Watch It Now



Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2) | DVD (10)

This compact and forceful low-budget film noir ... compresses a week in a hit man's bitter life into a dazzlingly brisk yet richly nuanced seventy-seven minutes.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
Top Critic IconTop Critic

With its finger-popping jazz score and beat-inspired interior monologue (in second person, no less), this might seem comical if it weren't so rooted in existential dread.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Over-eager, unsuccessful, but worth watching.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

You'd have to wait until The Killing of a Chinese Bookie for a deeper autopsy of the gangland macho ethos

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The lost noir classic starts off a bit dubiously... but the increasingly sleazy, realistic atmosphere begins to take hold of you, until you're fairly well rapt.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine

Alan Baron's film is as mixed as bags get.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

For a no-budget film shot on location in New York City on the sly with a nonactor in the lead role, there is a grand, existential audacity to Allen Baron's Blast of Silence.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

pure bliss for lovers of cigarettes, fedoras, and big black sedans

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

Absolutely eye-popping film noir about an alienated hit-man. Not without a certain musty charm, especially the scene at the Village Gate where a "beatnik" jazz musician sings "Dressed in Black".

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source:

The film plays like an unholy marriage between the realist films noir of the '40s like The Naked City and the early independent dramas of John Cassavetes...

May 3, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The tension doesn't so much revolve around the antihero's job, redemption, or ultimate fate but rather the disconnect between its mundane milieu and the grandiose flourishes they're meant to convey.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There's lots to recommend this shoestring picture, not the least of which is Baron's acting ability.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tells you everything you wanted to know about how a cautious professional hit man thinks and acts.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Blast of Silence

A hired killer takes us for a stroll through Manhattan's wet pavement, along with his misanthropic thoughts, and especially directed feelings of utter disgust and hatred for his new target; like he was some kind of a grown up Holden Caulfield.

The film, like everybody points out, lacks storytelling expertise. The voice over narration is unnecesary and takes away the emotional impact the images for themselves could have had. Perhaps this only inconvenience is what keeps it away from being a real contender when compared to others.

But having stark realism and nihilism all over it, makes Allen Baron's obscure opera prima what film noir is all about, the complex character study of a man trapped on a hellish existence.
June 22, 2009

Super Reviewer

tough film to rate. some of the acting is poor and the voiceover is mostly annoying and unnecessary. also the 'music' in the jazz club scene is like comic relief. still i'm not sorry i watched it. it's nicely shot and kind of existential. worth seeing for fans of film noir and pulp
May 26, 2009
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Even Criterion is lowering thier standards. The movie looks great and some of the sequences are cool, but overall I was bored. I kept thinking of this as a 60's version of one of those Goodfellas knockoffs starring Frank Vincent and the kid from A Bronx Tale (see Federal Hill, Amongst Friends). The entire cast is alughable, but it didn't bother me as much as the narration which was, at times, annoying. I just kept wishing for this guy to either kill his mark or kill himself.
October 18, 2008

Super Reviewer

Admittedly Blast of Silence has some embarrassing aspects to it. The jazz club scene alone should've send this movie into obscurity. Throw the poorly delivered and mostly nonsensical narration and theoretically you've got a recipe for some grade-A crap. But Allen Baron's direction and eye for the grittiness that steals the show is as brilliant as it is incredible. Yeah, the acting is weak (even though Baron himself is great when he doesn't speak) and the story kind of fizzles out at the end, that scene with Ralph toward the beginning was creepy and amazing. And Scorsese had to be thinking of this when he made Taxi Driver. Film noir dies here.
May 3, 2008

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Blast of Silence on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Red Carpet Roundup
Red Carpet Roundup

100 pics from Toronto Film Fest

Hunger Games
Hunger Games

New Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

New on DVD & Blu-Ray
New on DVD & Blu-Ray

Godzilla, The Fault in Our Stars

24 Frames
24 Frames

Longest-running American sitcoms gallery

Foreign Titles

  • Explosion des Schweigens (DE)
  • Blast of Silence (1961) (UK)
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile