A Bullet Is Waiting


A Bullet Is Waiting

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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.


Stephen McNally
as Sheriff Munson
Rory Calhoun
as Ed Stone
Jean Simmons
as Cally Canham
Brian Aherne
as David Canham

Critic Reviews for A Bullet Is Waiting

Audience Reviews for A Bullet Is Waiting

  • Aug 07, 2011
    Not a western but an entertaining if improbable drama set in an isolated area in the west. Jean Simmons is full of guarded, wounded vunerability, a very fine actress. She and Rory Calhoun make a surprisingly simpatico pairing. Stephen McNally's character is rather one note, a more distinctive actor could have perhaps fleshed it out but it doesn't hurt the film. Makes some observations about a man's true nature even if he has committed a criminal act. Not a classic but a solid film.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2011
    Maybe if A Bullet Is Waiting was more of a serious movie then it would've been something I could get into.With all the corny music & other things, It just felt too lighthearted to be good after what the description was about.It should've been a more dark or serious movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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