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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 ... 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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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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Trivia

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce was originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890. 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

Version of The Bridge (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

A Livin' Man
Written and performed by Kenny Clarke
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EXcellent
19 July 2005 | by I_KODASee all my reviews

Incident at Owl Creek Bridge is an excellent movie. My Mom saw this movie years ago when it was first shown on t.v. and it left an indelible mark on her. I remember how spellbound us kids were as she told the story to us...My hair stood on end. Mom has been wanting to find it and I just looked here, hoping... and voilà, here it was listed. Although it may be an old movie, the acting and the subject matter would appeal to a broad range of ages. There was so much suspense within us kids as Mom recounted the movie that we were totally silent and still, listening raptly, wide eyed and tense.We felt as though we were right there watching it. Years later, I finally saw it and it was just as my Mom had described.I highly recommend this one and so does my family.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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