Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 26

Shadow Play (5 May 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" Shadow Play (original title)

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When Adam Grant is found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced he lashes out telling everyone that he will not be murdered again. Grant claims to be having a recurring nightmare where... See full summary »

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When Adam Grant is found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced he lashes out telling everyone that he will not be murdered again. Grant claims to be having a recurring nightmare where he is found guilty and executed. The characters around him change and so he argues that all of them will vanish if he dies. It leads newspaperman Paul Carson to question what is real and what might just be a figment of someone else's imagination. DA Henry Ritchie visits Grant in jail and decides to try and do something about his claims, no matter how far-fetched his claims might be. Written by garykmcd

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The title refers to the ancient art of shadow play or shadow puppetry using opaque figures that cast shadows on clear curtains. Such entertainment is known in countries throughout the world and is presented in theaters and by traveling troupes. See more »

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Adam Grant: Well, Jiggs, don't you think that all of this is just a little bit too much the way it should be?
Jiggs: I don't get you.
Adam Grant: Well, I mean it's so pat. I got tried and sentenced the same day. It doesn't work like that! But you see, that's the way that I saw it in my mind, and so that's the way it is! Or you take this place here, you and Coley and his harmonica, or Phillips and his mother.
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Adam Grant: It's like a movie. Real death houses aren't like that, but you see I've never been in a real death house, so ...
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Remade as The Twilight Zone: Shadow Play/Grace Note (1986) See more »

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19 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dennis Weaver sits in a courtroom. The jury pronounces him guilty of first degree murder. The nightmare begins again. He goes through the same trial and execution over and over. He tries to get the judge, the prosecutor, the principles to listen to him. He plants enough doubt to confuse everything. The characters change appearance but they say the same things. It has happened so often, he can actually mouth them as they are said. Sometimes we think how eternity would be; how we would be punished in the hereafter. Imagine the torture of this loop of reality, played over and over. It's Ground Hog Day, without the happy ending.


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