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'''''Blast of Silence''''' is a 1961 FilmNoir thriller. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main [[AntiHero "hero"]], the film tells the story of a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.

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'''''Blast of Silence''''' is a 1961 FilmNoir [[FilmNoir Neo-Noir]] thriller. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main [[AntiHero "hero"]], the film tells the story of a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.


Created on the tail end of the FilmNoir craze and being an independent production, ''Blast of Silence'' remained relatively obscure to anybody besides hardcore film aficionados who saw it at some film festivals. However, it gained some traction again when it was re-released on DVD by TheCriterionCollection in 2008, and some critics consider it to be one of the finer independent productions of the [[TheSixties 1960s]].

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Created on the tail end of the FilmNoir craze and being an independent production, ''Blast of Silence'' remained relatively obscure to anybody besides hardcore film aficionados who saw it at some film festivals. However, it gained some traction again when it was re-released on DVD by TheCriterionCollection Creator/TheCriterionCollection in 2008, and some critics consider it to be one of the finer independent productions of the [[TheSixties 1960s]].


Created on the tail end of the FilmNoir craze and being an independent production, ''Blast of Silence'' remained relatively obscure to anybody besides hardcore film aficienados who saw it at some film festivals. However, it gained some traction again when it was re-released on DVD by TheCriterionCollection in 2008, and some critics consider it to be one of the finer independent productions of the [[TheSixties 1960s]].

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Created on the tail end of the FilmNoir craze and being an independent production, ''Blast of Silence'' remained relatively obscure to anybody besides hardcore film aficienados aficionados who saw it at some film festivals. However, it gained some traction again when it was re-released on DVD by TheCriterionCollection in 2008, and some critics consider it to be one of the finer independent productions of the [[TheSixties 1960s]].


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''Blast of Silence'' is a 1961 FilmNoir thriller. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main [[AntiHero "hero"]], the film tells the story of a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.

Of course, being a Noir, nothing goes as smoothly as planned.

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''Blast '''''Blast of Silence'' Silence''''' is a 1961 FilmNoir thriller. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main [[AntiHero "hero"]], the film tells the story of a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.

Of course, being a Noir, [[FilmNoir Noir]], nothing goes as smoothly as planned.
planned. Not only does Frankie have to contend with taking out his target, but also his reemerging feelings for a girl he knew as a child. Will he be able to accomplish his goals, or will the New York chill swallow him up as well?

Created on the tail end of the FilmNoir craze and being an independent production, ''Blast of Silence'' remained relatively obscure to anybody besides hardcore film aficienados who saw it at some film festivals. However, it gained some traction again when it was re-released on DVD by TheCriterionCollection in 2008, and some critics consider it to be one of the finer independent productions of the [[TheSixties 1960s]].

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Blast of Silence is a 1961 [[FilmNoir Noir]] film. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main [[AntiHero "hero"]], the film tells the story of a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.

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Blast ''Blast of Silence Silence'' is a 1961 [[FilmNoir Noir]] film.FilmNoir thriller. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main [[AntiHero "hero"]], the film tells the story of a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.



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* {{Narrator}}: Voiced by Lionel Stander, perhaps best known for his later role as Max on ''Series/HartToHart''.



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* Chiaroscuro: Being a [[FilmNoir Noir]], this visual style was a given.

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* Chiaroscuro: BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: Big Ralph]] becomes guilty of this halfway through the film. Despite knowing full well that Frankie is a dangerous hitman, he still tries to blackmail him for a few hundred dollars. On top of that, he even goes as far to taunt Frankie by saying [[YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum he's nothing without a gun.]] [[SarcasmMode Surprise, surprise,]] the hitman kills him rather than pay a higher fee, and without a gun no less.
* {{Chiaroscuro}}:
Being a [[FilmNoir Noir]], this visual style was a given.


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*YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum: [[spoiler: Big Ralph]] makes this taunt toward Frankie when he tries to blackmail him, saying he's nothing without a gun. Frankie soon proves him wrong by [[spoiler: killing Ralph by strangulation with an electrical cord]].


* TheBadGuyWins: No matter how you look at it, [[spoiler: Frankie's employers gain everything. Not only have they managed to bump off the (supposedly) ambitious Troinano, but they also kill Frankie so that he can never rat them out.]]



* ConsummateProfessional:

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* ConsummateProfessional: [[spoiler: ContractOnTheHitman]]: Frank's employers are guilty of this.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Not only does Frankie not get to be with Lori, but he's also betrayed by his employers and shot dead in a river. The only thing he really accomplished was killing Troinano, but it was something he wanted to back out of and really brought him no pleasure. He starts off miserable and ends up dead.]]



* HeartbrokenBadass: Frank is this after [[spoiler: Lori rejects him for another man]].

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* HeartbrokenBadass: Frank is this after [[spoiler: Lori rejects him for another man]]. He initially grovels, but then flawlessly [[spoiler: kills Troinano]].
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]: [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny "Well, what did you expect in a Noir a happy ending?"]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: Frank may be a rough man, but he is shown to have a softness toward orphans and women.



* WhatAnIdiot: See [[IdiotBall Idiot Ball]] above.


* [[spoiler: AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed]]: Frankie gets this treatment by the end of the film.



* Chiaroscuro: Being a [[FilmNoir Noir]], this visual style was a given.
* ConsummateProfessional:



* JerkAss: Frank's contact is definitely this. He verbally insults and threatens Frank when they first meet, threatens to kill him if he doesn't follow through with the job, and even [[spoiler: still kills him when Frank carries out the hit]].

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* IdiotBall: Frank gets to hold this when [[spoiler: his employers]] plan a trap for him. Despite being an experienced hitman, he never considers the fact that they are Mafia bigwigs and they want to meet him at a largely deserted area as a warning sign. [[spoiler: This is what ends up killing him]].
* JerkAss: Frank's unnamed contact is definitely this. He verbally insults and threatens Frank when they first meet, threatens to kill him if he doesn't follow through with the job, and even [[spoiler: still kills him when Frank carries out the hit]].




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* WhatAnIdiot: See [[IdiotBall Idiot Ball]] above.
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness]]: The likely reason for the attack on Frankie at the end of the film.


* DesignatedVillain: Troinano can be considered this. Though he has most likely has done some bad things to rise in rank within [[TheMafia the Mafia]] and he is cheating on his wife with [[TheMistress another woman]], the film never shows him doing any violent acts or being a [[JerkAss Jerkass]] toward anybody. Compared to Frankie, he's almost a saint.



* JerkAss: Frank's contact is definitely this. He verbally insults and threatens Frank when they first meet, threatens to kill him if he doesn't follow through with the job, and [[spoiler: even still kills him when Frank carries out the hit]].

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* HeartbrokenBadass: Frank is this after [[spoiler: Lori rejects him for another man]].
* JerkAss: Frank's contact is definitely this. He verbally insults and threatens Frank when they first meet, threatens to kill him if he doesn't follow through with the job, and even [[spoiler: even still kills him when Frank carries out the hit]].



* TheMistress: Troinano has one, and her apartment is where [[spoiler: Frank plans to (and succeeds) in killing Troinano]].



* TheSixties: Even though it looks and feels like a [[FilmNoir Noir]] from the [[TheFifties 1950s]], the movie was filmed and takes place during the early 1960s.



* UnintentionallySympathetic: Troinano may be a gangster and an adulterer, but he's never seen doing anything egregiously evil and other people seem to find him a pleasant fellow to be around. He actually comes off as a nicer guy than Frankie at most points.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Troinano may be a gangster and an adulterer, but he's never seen doing anything egregiously evil and other people seem to find him a pleasant fellow to be around. He actually comes off as a nicer guy than Frankie at most points.

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* DesignatedVillain: Troinano can be considered this. Though he has most likely has done some bad things to rise in rank within [[TheMafia the Mafia]] and he is cheating on his wife with [[TheMistress another woman]], the film never shows him doing any violent acts or being a [[JerkAss Jerkass]] toward anybody. Compared to Frankie, he's almost a saint.


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* JerkAss: Frank's contact is definitely this. He verbally insults and threatens Frank when they first meet, threatens to kill him if he doesn't follow through with the job, and [[spoiler: even still kills him when Frank carries out the hit]].


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* LuredIntoATrap: Frankie is drawn into one by [[spoiler: his employers]], with the aim to kill him. [[spoiler: They succeed]].


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* ProfessionalKiller: Frankie is this.


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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Troinano may be a gangster and an adulterer, but he's never seen doing anything egregiously evil and other people seem to find him a pleasant fellow to be around. He actually comes off as a nicer guy than Frankie at most points.


* DidNotGetTheGirl: Frankie tries to start a relationship with [[spoiler: Lori]], but finds out that she is [[spoiler: with another man and only sees Frankie [[JustFriends as a friend.]]]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Frankie may be abrasive, but he genuinely seems to care for Lori.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Frankie may be abrasive, but he genuinely seems to care for Lori.Lori and seems to have a soft spot for orphans.


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* OldFlameFizzle: [[spoiler: What Frank's reconciliation with Lori turns out to be.]]


Blast of Silence is a 1961 Noir film. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main "hero", the film tells the story of a hitman named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.

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Blast of Silence is a 1961 Noir [[FilmNoir Noir]] film. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main "hero", [[AntiHero "hero"]], the film tells the story of a hitman [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.

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*EverybodySmokes: It's the [[TheSixties 1960s]]; what else would people be doing?
*GreyAndGrayMorality: On the one hand, Troinano is a member of [[TheMafia a very dirty group]] and likely has hurt enough people to be considered a threat by his fellow mobsters. On the other, Frankie is a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] who'll kill whomever for the right price and (usually) without a second thought.


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*SecondPersonNarration: An unseen narrator relates Frankie's story this way, speaking as though Frankie was the one listening to the story as he's experiencing it.
*SunshineNoir: The story takes place during 1960s New York City during Christmastime. Almost everywhere one looks, lively decorations light up the streets and skyline.


* Anti-Hero: Frankie Bono kills people for a living. However, he does seem to regret his life choice and never endangers anyone other than criminals.
* The Big Rotten Apple: Averted. Most of New York City is not portrayed as sleazy or poverty-stricken; in fact, a good chunk of the film shows the nice Christmastime decorations around the city and people being in relatively good spirit.
* The Cynic: Frankie rarely waxes a positive thought, and seems to always see the worst in everyone around him. Justified given that this thought process makes it easier for him to off other people.
* Jerk With a Heart of Gold: Frankie may be abrasive, but he genuinely seems to care for Lori.
* The Mafia: Frankie's target Troinano is a member of the Organization.
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* Anti-Hero: AntiHero: Frankie Bono kills people for a living. However, he does seem to regret his life choice and never endangers anyone other than criminals.
* The Big Rotten Apple: TheBigRottenApple: Averted. Most of New York City is not portrayed as sleazy or poverty-stricken; in fact, a good chunk of the film shows the nice Christmastime decorations around the city and people being in relatively good spirit.
* The Cynic: TheCynic: Frankie rarely waxes a positive thought, and seems to always see the worst in everyone around him. Justified given that this thought process makes it easier for him to off other people.
* Jerk With a Heart of Gold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Frankie may be abrasive, but he genuinely seems to care for Lori.
* The Mafia: TheMafia: Frankie's target Troinano is a member of the Organization.
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