The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 

During the American Civil War in 1862, a condemned Confederate prisoner, Peyton Farquhar, is due to the hanged by Union troops.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Peyton Farquhar (archive footage)
Anne Cornaly ...
Abby Farquhar (archive footage)
Anker Larsen ...
(archive footage)
Stéphane Fey ...
Union Captain (archive footage) (as Stephane Fey)
Jean-François Zeller ...
(archive footage) (as Jean-Francois Zeller)
Pierre Danny ...
(archive footage)
Louis Adelin ...
(archive footage)


During the American Civil War, Union troops are about to hang a man, a Southerner, from the Owl Creek bridge. As he goes over the side with the noose around his neck the rope breaks and he manages to unbind his hands and feet. As he swims downstream, he has images of home and his lovely wife. He also manages to evade the troops who are trying to stop him. Just as he reaches his destination however, his true circumstances are revealed. Written by garykmcd

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28 February 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce was originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890. See more »


When the gates that Peyton approaches appear to open by themselves, you can see a rope tied to the bottom of each one. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Tonight, a presentation so special and unique that for the first time in the five years we've been presenting The Twilight Zone, we're offering a film shot in France by others. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival of 1962, as well as other international awards, here is a haunting study of the incredible from the past master of the incredible, Ambrose Bierce. Here is the French production of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.'
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Edited from Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) See more »

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28 August 2015 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

A man with a heavy mustache is about to be executed by hanging on the Owl Creek bridge. He thinks about his wife and children and cries dreaming to escape from his reality. After the execution, he survives miraculously and runs away. Finally, he comes back to his home and meets his wife again but…

This film was written by Ambrose Bierce, who is an American writer and journalist. He was called "Bitter Bierce" because of his ironical style of writing. This film, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge has twist ending, in other words, surprising ending. I really like this kind of stories because we cannot expect what will happen in the end and I am exciting about it. Also, although this is a monochrome film, scene description is minute and back ground music is used effectively so it is easy to understand and I realized what is happening immediately.

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