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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962)

La rivière du hibou (original title)
During the 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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What a great movie!
3 June 2001 | by (O'Sullivan Beach, Sth Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when released but of course at that time audiences were not as sophisticated as they are now. The scene where the two lovers were running towards each other in slow motion was an absolute novelty and was rewarded with guffaws of laughter until the moment came at the climax when we were rewarded with an astonished total silence. One of those few moments in the movies which stand out in ones memory forever. I recently found a copy on video in one of the Twilight Zone series but the quality was disgraceful and totally distracted us from the quality of the production. What a great movie even though it was very short but as with "The stranger Left No Card" length does not matter


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