Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 4

The Passersby (6 Oct. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Passersby (original title)

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A Confederate soldier and a widow meet during the end of the Civil War.

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Confederate Sergeant
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Lavinia Godwin
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In April 1865, at the end of the North American Civil War, a Confederate Sergeant with other wounded Union and Confederate soldiers, stops to ask the widow Lavinia Godwin for some water. He asks to rest for a while and they talk about the damages of war as she now lives in her destroyed mansion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Two characters refer to "the Civil War," a term that contemporaries would not have used. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: This road is the afterwards of the Civil War. It began at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and ended at a place called Appomattox. It's littered with the residue of broken battles and shattered dreams.
[a Confederate soldier passing by a plantation house stops and has a conversation with the recently widowed owner sitting on the front porch]
Narrator: [narration continues] In just a moment, you will enter a strange province that knows neither North nor South, a place we call - The Twilight ...
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The Last Man on the Dirty Road
1 May 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In April 1865, in the end of the North American Civil War, a Confederate Sergeant (James Gregory) stops his march with other wounded Union and Confederate soldiers and asks for water to the lonely and ill widow Lavinia Godwin (Joanne Linville) in her destroyed mansion. Then he asks to rest for while and they talk about the damages of war. Later Lavinia sees a soldier that was reported dead with a bullet on the head; then the sergeant sees a lieutenant and he recalls his fate. When Lavinia sees her husband and Abraham Lincoln on the road, she discovers what has happened to her.

I do not recall if I had figured out the "secret" of this episode the first time that I saw it. However today I could easily foresee what had happened with the widow and the wounded soldiers. This antiwar episode is one of the most dramatic episodes of "Twilight Zone" and never creepy, but too related to the American history. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Os Transeuntes" ("The Passersby")


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