Blast of Silence

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85%

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Movie Info

A hit man is called in to rub out a mob boss. He meets an old flame and has second thoughts about the killing until she rejects him. Allen Baron writes, directs and stars in the dark crime drama.

Cast

Allen Baron
as Frank Bono
Larry Tucker
as Big Ralph
Peter Clume
as Troiano
Milda Memonas
as Troiano's Girl
Dean Sheldon
as Nightclub singer
Charles Creasap
as Contact man
Ruth Kaner
as Building Superintendent
Gil Rogers
as Gangster
Joe Bubbico
as Gangster
Jerry Douglas
as Gangster
Bob Taylor
as Gangster
Don Saroyan
as Lorrie's Boy Friend
Mel Sponder
as Drummer
Betty Kovac
as Troiano's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Blast of Silence

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (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.

    Jan 14, 2013 | 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.

    Jan 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Over-eager, unsuccessful, but worth watching.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You'd have to wait until The Killing of a Chinese Bookie for a deeper autopsy of the gangland macho ethos

    Sep 5, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 30, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Alan Baron's film is as mixed as bags get.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | 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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