Blast of Silence
Blast of Silence (1961)

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.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

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

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Craig Phillips

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.

Don Willmott

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

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Eugene Archer
New York Times

Over-eager, unsuccessful, but worth watching.

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Bob Westal

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

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Louis Proyect

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".

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
A hired killer takes us for a stroll through Manhattan's wet pavement, along with his misanthropic thoughts, and especially directed feelings of utter… More
Michael Gildea
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… More
Stella Dallas
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… More
Eric Broome
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… More
Tim Sigur
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… More
cody franklin
A good film with great on location filming in New York City. It's a good story with great narration and highly inventive shots. The only problem with the… More