A Bullet Is Waiting

Overview

A young woman Jean Simmons manages a remote California sheep ranch with her father Brian Aherne. A plane carrying a sheriff Stephen McNally and a man indicted for manslaughter Rory Calhoun crashes nearby. Both men are cared for by the girl, who doesn't know at first which is the cop and which is the criminal. She falls in love with the convicted man and believes protestations of innocence, but the vindictive sheriff tries to dissuade her of these feelings. Given several chances to finish each other off, both ...
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Overview

A young woman Jean Simmons manages a remote California sheep ranch with her father Brian Aherne. A plane carrying a sheriff Stephen McNally and a man indicted for manslaughter Rory Calhoun crashes nearby. Both men are cared for by the girl, who doesn't know at first which is the cop and which is the criminal. She falls in love with the convicted man and believes protestations of innocence, but the vindictive sheriff tries to dissuade her of these feelings. Given several chances to finish each other off, both sheriff and convict relent. Under the influence of the girl, they agree to return to Utah together, where it is implied the criminal will be given a bias-free trial.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those looking for a "different" Western are most likely to enjoy A Bullet is Waiting, a curious little item from director John Farrow that promises more than it delivers but which deserves credit for trying. Bullet is really a Western in setting only; it lacks most of the trappings usually associated with that genre, not least of which is bountiful action. Despite a few fights and a rather impressive storm sequence, there's much less action than talk here, and that is both the film's strength and its weakness. It is refreshing to see a Western that wants to be use its brains more than its fists; unfortunately, the screenwriters haven't given the script the kind of depth that it needs. As a result, there's a lot of empty talk that never really gets under the skin of the characters or beneath the social situations it raises; eventually, all the talk becomes boring and, finally, wearing. Casting is also problematic. Both Stephen McNally and Rory Calhoun are cast somewhat against type; since the film is more or less about people not being what they seem to be, this makes good intellectual sense. In practice, however, it doesn't really work, although McNally gives it a really good shot. Similarly, Jean Simmons is not really at home in this setting, although she brings considerable skill to her part. Finally, the confined setting doesn't allow for a great deal of variety; director Farrow handles this as well as he can, but it ends up a problem nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2010
  • UPC: 043396355484
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,842

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Simmons Cally Canham
Rory Calhoun Ed Stone
Stephen McNally Sheriff Munson
Brian Aherne David Canham
Technical Credits
John Farrow Director
Otto Ludwig Editor
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Howard Welsch Producer
Thames Williamson Screenwriter
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