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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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Mrs. Farquhar
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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Ropes can be seen pulling the gates open as Peyton arrives at his home. See more »

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Haunting
13 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is chilling, yet absolutely wonderful. One cannot help but to have sympathy for the convicted man. The beauty of nature is displayed quite perfectly in his cute musical number; the sunlight plays wonders with the camera despite the film being in black and white. There is hardly any dialogue to clutter up the message, only one man's struggle to live. The ending is amazing and will leave the viewer's jaw agape. This film is even better than the original short story. Recommended viewing for anyone who craves a short movie that is long on depth.


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