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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962)

La rivière du hibou (original title)
In 1862, during the American Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home.

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A Civil War civilian is to be executed by hanging, but when the plank is kicked away, instead of breaking his neck, he manages to miraculously escape unscathed or did he? Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Aside from the shouts of the soldiers and the song that plays as the prisoner floats to safety, there is no dialogue. See more »

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Some English prints have the title as "Occurence" rather than "Occurrence". This is corrected in The Twilight Zone: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Rod Serling's reedited version. See more »

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Referenced in At the River (2006) See more »

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19 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Incident at Owl Creek Bridge is an excellent movie. My Mom saw this movie years ago when it was first shown on t.v. and it left an indelible mark on her. I remember how spellbound us kids were as she told the story to us...My hair stood on end. Mom has been wanting to find it and I just looked here, hoping... and voilà, here it was listed. Although it may be an old movie, the acting and the subject matter would appeal to a broad range of ages. There was so much suspense within us kids as Mom recounted the movie that we were totally silent and still, listening raptly, wide eyed and tense.We felt as though we were right there watching it. Years later, I finally saw it and it was just as my Mom had described.I highly recommend this one and so does my family.


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