Blast of Silence

1961, Crime/Drama, 1h 17m

15 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Movie Info

A hit man (Allen Baron) comes to New York to kill a gangster and gets the gun from a big guy (Larry Tucker) with a beard.

Cast & Crew

Allen Baron
Frank Bono
Meyer Kupferman
Original Music
David Sheldon
Original Songs
Merrill S. Brody
Cinematographer
Peggy Lawson
Film Editor
Charles Rosen
Art Direction
Joel Mandel
Production Manager
Carole Brody Sheppard
Assistant Director
Al Gramaglia
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Critic Reviews for Blast of Silence

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3)

  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Over-eager, unsuccessful, but worth watching.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Although at first it may seem that the constant voice-over is redundant, it soon becomes clear that it is not": Essay published in Spanish in Letras Libres

    December 31, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Respectable effort to do something honest with familiar material. But the spoken narration, both fancy and too-too tough, doesn't fit in with the movie's unpretentious air.

    October 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Over-eager, unsuccessful, but worth watching.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Although at first it may seem that the constant voice-over is redundant, it soon becomes clear that it is not": Essay published in Spanish in Letras Libres

    December 31, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Respectable effort to do something honest with familiar material. But the spoken narration, both fancy and too-too tough, doesn't fit in with the movie's unpretentious air.

    October 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blast of Silence

  • Oct 30, 2009
    I found the narrator annoying but liked the movie itself.
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2009
    Well-photographed/directed little hitman film, in chilly B&W. About as good as it possibly could be, considering the limited resources and star power. The rat-loving gun dealer "Big Ralph" is a great character, and I almost wished the film was about him instead. My one strong complaint is about the overused narration, which dominates the action during some moments where an edgy quiet could be more powerful. And the text (by gravel-voiced character actor Lionel Stander) had so many references to the killer's body going hot, sweaty and/or cold that I was chuckling before the film was through.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2009
    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.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2008
    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.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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