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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.



(from a story by), (adapted by)

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Cast overview:
Peyton Farquhar
Anne Cornaly ...
Mrs. Farquhar
Anker Larsen
Stéphane Fey ...
Union Officer
Jean-François Zeller
Pierre Danny
Louis Adelin


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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May 1962 (France)  »

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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 »


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 »


Edited into Au coeur de la vie (1963) See more »

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Excellent film of one of the greatest short stories ever
10 December 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I am a high school English teacher, and this film is absolutely perfect for classroom use. At just over 20 minutes, it is exactly the right length to show in an 11th grade class - it holds the students' attention and is short enough to keep them from getting bored. It is also an extremely faithful representation of the story, which helps students visualize and reinforce what they have read. To the teacher who posted earlier, who had to keep warning his students about "being bored for 20 minutes," I'd suggest that he's established a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you think it's boring, and you tell them it's boring, don't be surprised if they act bored.

Beyond the classroom applications, this film is just plain good and will prove a real treat for all lovers of film and/or The Twilight Zone.

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