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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Peyton Farquhar (archive footage)
Anne Cornaly ...
Abby Farquhar (archive footage)
Anker Larsen ...
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Stéphane Fey ...
Union Captain (archive footage) (as Stephane Fey)
Jean-François Zeller ...
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Pierre Danny ...
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Louis Adelin ...
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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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Rights were purchased to reduce The Twilight Zone (1959) season 5 budget since it was less expensive than producing an original segment. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Good short film but not Twilight Zone.
2 February 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

There are several reasons why I am just not enthusiastic about this film. It is not made by the makers of 'The Twilight Zone' and was shown as a presentation to save money. It is based on a story by Ambrose Bierce , while for me TZ is about original or fairly recent stories. It is yet another execution story and there was already too many of those ('Shadow Play', 'Execution', 'Dust', 'I Am The Night Colour Me Black' and others I wont name because it occurs late in the story).

The film itself from France is very well made and has a deeply sensitive performance from the lead actor. The heightened sense of nature is impressive and the underwater sequence is first rate. A masterclass in how to make a good film based on a classic tale.

So don't mind me as I would rather TZ had stuck to making original teleplays even if a B-movie star turns out to be a leprechaun.


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