Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 22

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (28 Feb. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (original title)

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It is the end of the Civil War and Union troops have occupied the South. They are going to execute a Southern resistance fighter.

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Roger Jacquet ...
Peyton Farquhar (archive footage)
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Anker Larsen ...
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Stéphane Fey ...
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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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The 1962 French version of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject. 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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[opening narration]
Narrator: Tonight a presentation so special and unique that, for the first time in the five years we've been presenting The Twilight Zone, we're offering a film shot in France by others. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival of 1962, as well as other international awards, here is a haunting study of the incredible, from the past master of the incredible, Ambrose Bierce. Here is the French production of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.'
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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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