Blast of Silence
|Blast of Silence|
|Directed by||Allen Baron|
|Produced by||Merrill Brody|
|Written by||Allen Baron|
|Narrated by||Lionel Stander|
|Music by||Meyer Kupferman|
|Editing by||Peggy Lawson|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios|
|Running time||77 min.|
Characters and story
Frankie Bono (Allen Baron), a hitman from Cleveland, comes to New York City during Christmas week to kill a middle-management mobster, Troiano (Peter H. Clune). First he follows his target to select the best possible location, and orders a gun from rat-loving dealer Big Ralph (Larry Tucker). One night, he meets a former friend from the orphanage he grew up in, rattling his cool and putting his life in danger.
According to Turner Classic Movies web site, the "fist fight" scene was filmed on Long Island during Hurricane Donna (September 10–12, 1960), the only hurricane of the 20th century to blanket the entire East Coast from south Florida to Maine.
However, the TCM source is clearly mistaken. The scene in question is not a fist fight at all, but rather is a mob rubout. It is clearly filmed during the winter, not in September, with driving snow and trees denuded of leaves.
The Criterion Collection released Blast of Silence on DVD in 2008. The disc's special features include a new, restored digital transfer, a making-of featurette (Requiem for a Killer: The Making of Blast of Silence), rare on-set Polaroid photos, and images of locations as they existed in 2008. Also included is a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and a four-page graphic novel by Sean Phillips (Criminal, Sleeper, Marvel Zombies).