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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This episode takes place in 1862. 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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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Award Winning Episode
8 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Roger Jacquet plays a confederate spy captured by the union forces who is about to be hanged off a bridge when the rope breaks, and he plunges into the deep river, where he makes a desperate effort at escaping, and returning to his loving wife waiting for him, but then the pull of reality catches up with him... Unique episode in the series was(as Rod Serling points out on screen) the only one ever shot abroad by others. The result is a marvelous episode superbly directed and produced, with haunting imagery and a most startling twist ending. A pity this was the only one of its kind, though it did go on to win the Academy Award for best short subject! It deserved it.


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