The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 

During the American Civil War in 1862, a condemned Confederate prisoner, Peyton Farquhar, is due to the hanged by Union troops.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Peyton Farquhar (archive footage)
Anne Cornaly ...
Abby Farquhar (archive footage)
Anker Larsen ...
(archive footage)
Stéphane Fey ...
Union Captain (archive footage) (as Stephane Fey)
Jean-François Zeller ...
(archive footage) (as Jean-Francois Zeller)
Pierre Danny ...
(archive footage)
Louis Adelin ...
(archive footage)


During the American Civil War, Union troops are about to hang a man, a Southerner, from the Owl Creek bridge. As he goes over the side with the noose around his neck the rope breaks and he manages to unbind his hands and feet. As he swims downstream, he has images of home and his lovely wife. He also manages to evade the troops who are trying to stop him. Just as he reaches his destination however, his true circumstances are revealed. Written by garykmcd

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28 February 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1862. See more »


The Union Soldiers (giving orders on the bridge) and Peyton Farquhar (when he pronounces his wife's name) all speak American English with French accents. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - in two forms, as it was dreamed, and as it was lived and died. This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination... the ingredients of the Twilight Zone.
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Edited from Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) See more »

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Extraordinarily strong and well shot story -- not from the TZ production house
28 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a surprise to find this incredible "episode" which I'd never ever seen, though it is actually an extraordinarily well and artistically done short film, produced entirely by a French film team, not CBS. It is a story of true 'escapism' with a poignant twist at the end... thus fitting with typical TZ themes and methods.

This film won an Academy Award and Cannes Festival award.

What's cool is that this story was written and first published in 1890! I'd rank Ambrose Bierce up there with HG Wells and other contemporaries, based on what I see in this story and film. I've since found the text of the original short story online and read it... that was fun after seeing the film version.

The cinematography must be hailed as quite an accomplishment. From the first frame you know that this isn't a CBS produced episode of TZ because of the high production values in the cinematography.

Also, this episode was the last produced episode (they did some editing and stuff back at CBS) of TZ before the series was canceled, though not the last to be aired.

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