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    Blast of Silence

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    Released

    1961

    Runtime

    77

    Blast of Silence

    What's it About

    Cleveland hit man Frankie Bono (Baron) arrives in Manhattan right before Christmas and stakes out his next target, Troiano (Clune), an overambitious, well-guarded hood operating out of Harlem. Realizing he'll need a gun with a silencer to make a clean hit, Frankie visits low-life sleazeball Big Ralphie (Tucker), to order one. While he waits for the weapon, Frankie kicks around town, bitterly musing on city life, his dead-end existence, and the hate that seethes inside him. Then a chance encounter with an old flame (McCarthy) throws him off his game ...

    Why we love it

    This stripped down, hard-boiled noir was a strong influence on Scorsese and countless others. As played by writer-director-actor Baron, Frankie is all bile and bottled-up rage, a man with a tragic past who's determined to be radically alone. McCarthy's ex-heartthrob Lorrie almost penetrates Frankie's blackened heart, but in his world view, redemption is a suckers game. Baron's extraordinary shots of New York City locales are part of this re-discovered film's immediate appeal, but everything hinges on the brilliant interior monologue scripted by Waldo Salt and read by gravel-voiced actor Lionel Stander. Don't miss this gritty gem — it's a "Blast"!

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