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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961)

La rivière du hibou (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Adventure, Drama | December 1961 (France)
In 1862, during the American Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home.

Director:

Robert Enrico

Writers:

Ambrose Bierce (from a story by), Robert Enrico (adapted by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Roger Jacquet ... Peyton Farquhar
Anne Cornaly Anne Cornaly ... Mrs. Farquhar
Anker Larsen Anker Larsen
Stéphane Fey Stéphane Fey ... Union Officer
Jean-François Zeller Jean-François Zeller
Pierre Danny Pierre Danny
Louis Adelin Louis Adelin
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Storyline

A Civil War civilian is to be executed by hanging, but when the plank is kicked away, instead of breaking his neck, he manages to miraculously escape unscathed or did he? Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge See more »

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Mono
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Trivia

Aside from the shouts of the soldiers and the song that plays as the prisoner floats to safety, there is no dialogue. See more »

Goofs

The snippets of English dialogue are all spoken with French accents even though these are supposed to be Americans. Not a goof: Although this story is performed by French actors, French people emigrated to the United States prior to the American Civil War and settled in Louisiana. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the French version, all titles are at the end, as the camera moves along the river, finally showing the hanging man in the distance. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Adrian Lyne (2007) See more »

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Haunting
13 August 2002 | by moochypoochySee all my reviews

This film is chilling, yet absolutely wonderful. One cannot help but to have sympathy for the convicted man. The beauty of nature is displayed quite perfectly in his cute musical number; the sunlight plays wonders with the camera despite the film being in black and white. There is hardly any dialogue to clutter up the message, only one man's struggle to live. The ending is amazing and will leave the viewer's jaw agape. This film is even better than the original short story. Recommended viewing for anyone who craves a short movie that is long on depth.


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