Catch The Bullet by Jerry Robbins | Script Revolution

Catch The Bullet

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Based on my audio drama series Powder River, currently in season 13 with 178 half hour episodes.
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A US Marshal, aided by an Indian scout and a bigoted town deputy, ride into hostile territory to rescue his kidnapped son from an outlaw gang that is lead by a psychopathic killer.
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BRITT MacMASTERS (40), a U.S. Marshal who rarely brings them back alive, returns home from the trail to discover his 12-year-old son, CHAD, has been kidnapped by outlaws--JED BLAKE (35), and his gang. Enlisting the help of Indian guide, CHASKA (39), along with CLAY TUCKER (19), a prejudiced deputy who doesn't trust the guide, Britt sets out into dangerous Sioux territory of the Red Desert in Wyoming.

As Jed lures the Marshal into his deadly ambush, he finds the captive boy a formidable and slippery opponent, with several escape attempts that return vicious beatings for Chad, and an unexpected tree branch thrust into Jed's eye! Furious with revenge, and with the threat of the merciless Sioux warriors around the bend, Jed's bloody injuries leave him a man crumbling on the brink of insanity.

As the search party moves deeper into the Red Desert, Tucker's racist views towards Britt's Indian friend is deeply challenged when Chaska saves him from a close call with a Sioux warrior's knife.
With both sides succumbing to brutal attacks and scalped heads, Britt races against time to confront the crazed outlaw and save his dying son. Meanwhile, spiraling further into madness, and fearing the Marshal may have fallen prey to the warriors, Jed turns his pistol to his young captive...for a game of "Catch the Bullet." Before Chad can answer, an unseen Britt responds: "I'll play with ya." Trembling with crazed delight, Jed is face to face with his enemy.

As they shoot it out in a gun-blazing volley, Britt mistakenly runs out of ammo. Jed, with his gun poised for the final kill, suddenly drops to the ground in a pool of blood, revealing Chad behind him, a smoking gun quivering in his hand.

Britt goes to his son, still in shock. He reaches into his coat pocket for a piece of Chad's favorite candy he had brought along, and offers it to him. Chad's hardened disposition melts and his childhood returns. They walk home together, closer...and braver than ever.

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Screen Coverage by Screenplay Gurus: Script-Consider. Writer-Recommend. From the Gurus: "CATCH THE BULLET is a fast-paced Western Action/Drama where an iconic, guilt ridden lawman searches for his son and himself among the desert and rocks of his broken heart. This allegory is played subtly and written with a deft hand."
WINNER BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY - THE WILD BUNCH 50th ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL 2019.
OPTIONED JAN. 2020

Submitted: July 9, 2019
Last Updated: March 20, 2020
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The Writer: Jerry Robbins

JERRY ROBBINS Screenplays THE LEGEND OF LAKE HOLLOW (horror) Pre-Production, Penumbra Entertainment CATCH THE BULLET (western) Filming Spring, 2020. Best Feature Screenplay – Wild Bunch Film Festival. CHRISTMAS AT CHESTNUT COTTAGE (RomCom) Under Shop Agreement. CLIMB (animated holiday musical) Best Screenplay Hollywood Int’l Motion Picture Festival, Crown Wood Int’l. Film Festival, Official Selection - Finish Line, Finalist at Lonely Seal Film Festival, First Place - Sunny Side Up Film Festival. THEY BECKON (horror) Official Selection Diabolical Film Fest., Semi-Finalist Screamfest. ALWAYS CHRISTMAS (family). THE SANTA EXCHANGE (family). TULIPS (horror) ENCOUNTER AT HOPKINSVILLE (sci-fi... Go to bio

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