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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Won the 1962 Golden Palm (Palme d'Or) for best short subject at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »


The Union Soldiers (giving orders on the bridge) and Peyton Farquhar (when he pronounces his wife's name) all speak American English with French accents. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge in two forms - as it was dreamed and as it was lived and died. This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination, the ingredients of The Twilight Zone.
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Edited from Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) See more »

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Ambrose Bierce's Best Story
17 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

I have heard that this was a European prize winning short and that it is the only Twilight Zone that is not original to the series. It is the story of a man who is to be hanged as a Civil War prisoner. As he is about to drop off a railroad bridge with a noose around his neck, the rope breaks and he falls into the water. Escaping his captors, he makes his way to freedom. Of course, this is the Twilight Zone. This is beautifully shot with interesting music, showing the pain of a man who has been worn down by this bloody war. It celebrates life and its whimsy and ethereal nature. We struggle with him as he tries to begin again and re-establish his existence. Not just a good episode but an excellent short film.

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