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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962)

La rivière du hibou (original title)
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.

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Peyton Farquhar
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Anker Larsen
Stéphane Fey ...
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Jean-François Zeller
Pierre Danny
Louis Adelin
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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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"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce was originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890. See more »

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The snippets of English dialogue are all spoken with French accents even though these are supposed to be Americans. See more »

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Edited into Au coeur de la vie (1963) See more »

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Relating how this film started my love of the cinema
29 September 2004 | by (London (EngLand)) – See all my reviews

I cannot believe that this film is remembered by more than myself! I was a young teenager waiting for the main picture to start when this small black and white movie was shown as a filler. Forty years later, I can still remember the impact this film had on me. It was stunning! It reached me in such a way, that I have never forgotten it, and it was this film that started my love of cinema..Real cinema!

Over the years, I have mentioned this movie to many people, none of whom have even heard of it, I thought I'd imagined it all..! It was also the film that had me wishing I could work in the movies.... Forty years on, I still have that same dream! Silly isn't it?


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