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La rivière du hibou
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Ambrose Bierce (from a story by)
Robert Enrico (adapted by)
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Directed by
Robert Enrico 
Writing credits
Ambrose Bierce (from a story by)

Robert Enrico (adapted by)

Produced by
Paul de Roubaix .... producer
Marcel Ichac .... producer
Original Music by
Henri Lanoë  (as Henri Lanoe)
Cinematography by
Jean Boffety 
Film Editing by
Denise de Casabianca 
Robert Enrico 
Production Management
Gerard Berger .... production manager
Pierre Lobreau .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nat Lilienstein .... assistant director (as Nat Lilenstein)
Sound Department
Jean Nény .... sound mixer (as Jean Neny)
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Guillouet .... assistant camera
Music Department
Kenny Clarke .... musician (as Kenny Klarke)
Cley Douglas .... musician
Robert Escuras .... musician
Jimmy Gourley .... musician
Jean-Marie Imgrand .... musician
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"La rivière du hibou" - France (original title)
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" - USA (TV title)
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28 min
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"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce was originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890.See more »
Factual errors: Some English prints have the title as "Occurence" rather than "Occurrence". This is corrected in "The Twilight Zone: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (#5.22)" (1964), Rod Serling's reedited version.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A classic film from a classic writer., 30 March 2004
Author: Jason Reagin (wjreagin) from Suzhou, China

The original writer of the story was a civil war reporter. He covered many such events as outlined in the film. I like this film for many reasons. First, it is a black and white film to capture the feeling of the story. Next, the story was very realistic for the time in which the story takes place. Also, there are very few spoken lines. Finally, the twist at the end is worth the wait. I am not going to spoil the ending, but please be patient to the end. I promise that you will not be disappointed. When I was in college my class studied this film for all of the above points. It is short, only about 30 minutes, but the time is not wasted. It is a moving piece and I recommend it to anyone!

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