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

The film takes place on April 4, 1862. 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

Reedited for broadcast as one of the final episodes of the television series, The Twilight Zone. The episode is: The Twilight Zone: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Customary narration by Rod Serling was added for the broadcast. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) See more »

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A Livin' Man
Written and performed by Kenny Clarke
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Unforgettable
22 January 2000 | by tcavinSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this film in a freshman English class in high school (1966). More than 30 years later, the images in the film, the emotions and especially the ending, are vivid in my memory. I was totally absorbed by the film. I have not seen it since, which is an indication of its impact.


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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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