An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Director: Robert Enrico Cast: Stephane Fey


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Ambrose Bierce's classic hallucinatory short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge has been adapted to film at least three times. The first version was a 1932 short subject directed by Charles Vidor; the second was a two-part 1959 installment of TV's Alfred Hitchcock Presents; and the third was this award-winning French short, adapted and directed by Robert Enrico. The time is the American Civil War: Southern plantation-owner Peyton Farquahr (Roger Jacquet) has been condemned to death for spying against the Union cause. As he prepares to be hanged from the Owl Creek bridge, Farquahr morosely contemplates his fate and fondly recalls his loving wife (Anne Cornaly). The commanding officer gives the signal, Farquahr is dropped off the side of the bridge -- and suddenly the rope breaks. Farquahr breaks loose of his bonds, remains submerged in the creek as the soldiers' bullets whiz all about him, breathlessly reaches dry land, and painstakingly makes his way home to the arms of his wife. As he rushes towards her and.......ah -- to say more would be to ruin the surprise. The music by Henri Lanoe includes an original ballad, "Live Livin' Man," sung spiritual-style in English. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge made its American TV premiere as the February 28, 1964 installment of the anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
UPC: 0012233025323
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Monterey Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:25:00
Sales rank: 1,365

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Moment of Reflection [8:02]
2. Living Man [8:58]
3. Fleeing [3:49]
4. Moment of Truth [2:45]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is breathtaking. It is a stunning artistic achievement. Its bitter-sweet, but also leaves you thinking. It has the absolute best ending of any movie or book I've ever experienced. It's not for everyone, as it is in black in white, musical, and has almost no dialogue. But if you like artistic movies, you're in for a real treat.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought it was very well done. what an imagination. i just dont see how someone can fall asleep watching this one. stay off the drugs!!!! very well done!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is my all time favorate movie. Every time i watch it my faith in the artistic capabilities of the human race is renewed
Guest More than 1 year ago
Film is basically a dramatic medium, whereas the written word is more suitable to getting inside a character's head. At first reading, ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge'' seems like an impossible story to adapt, given its dreamy nature and the fact that it's entirely told from the protagonist's point of view. But the Robert Enrico version succeeds marvelously, in a way that the Hitchcock version doesn't. It's unfortunate that some viewers don't ''get'' what this film is about, because it's clearly a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At least two teachers in my grade school and high school showed this film to their classes and I was riveted each time. The scene with the ''Livin' Man'' song and nature shots is memorable. Those who complain of ''lack of dialog'' must have short attention spans (send them to the latest Tarantino bloodbath). This isn't a story you can say too much about without revealing the ending, so I'll just say I recommend it highly for people with some depth of character. I don't know that a movie this short merits a normal DVD price though. I might have given it 5 stars but I haven't seen it recently so I'm going on earlier memories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the most intelligent, intriguing and mesmerizing films I have ever seen. One of the things that makes it so impressive is its faithfulness to the short story by Ambrose Bierce. Mr. Bierce created a whole new genre known as ''stream of consciousness''. It was several decades before anyone else followed suit. As a teacher I have found that many of my students seem unable to enjoy movies that require them to think. The majority of young viewers seem to be used to the action genre that is meant purely to entertain and requires little or no exercise of the imagination. I have attempted to use some older classics in the classroom and meet great resistance almost every time. Perhaps if they were to read the story first they would appreciate it more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i did not find this movie interesting one bit. the only good part of the movie is the end. i guess mostly why i did not like this movie was because of the little dialogue and it was played in slow motion so you could not even understand it. the music was basically the same and it just put me to sleep over all the movie was horrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie ''an occurance at owl creek bridg'' was boring and vague. The use of no dialogue made the story uninteresting. Daydreaming before being hung would be the last thing on my mind.Towards the end is the only good part of the movie. If the movie had more scenes, color, and words then i would consider watching it again. NO website should even consider having a link for this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The film gave a different perspective on watching a video without dialogue. I really like how the movie ended. That was definitly a surprise. I thought the director gave clues leading up to the surprise ending of the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whenever I watched the movie I thought it was a very good one in a way that the movie used very little dialogue. Some people might like the way this movie is misleading, but whenever the last part happened it was a real shock. In this movie the director only gave a few clues about the ending. The way the director used music in the movie was he just used a single drum beat and making the music sound like it fit right in with the time and place. I think ''An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge'' is a good movie if you are looking for suspense and a suprise ending. This movie is a definately a must watch film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This short film was not real interesting to me because it had very little dialogue. The surprise ending was not real good. The director did give a few clues away for the ending. I think the film could have esed more dialogue. The film needed more speaking and less music. I would not recommend anyone to get this video. I would recommend someone to make the film better
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very strange and mysterious. The ending has a dramatic twist that fools the viewers. There are limited speaking parts, but I still thought the movie was good. Also, I liked the movie because of the way the director used to the music to build up the excitement. The movie is slow-moving, but still enjoyable and entertaining. Few movies have such different and startling endings like this one does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
~This film has little dialogue, but has a great sense of understanding. The director shows the viewer, a new point of view. This film makes you wonder, how people can go most of there life's wanting something so badly, an then when you life come to an end realize how much you wish you wanted it. I enjoyed this film; the film makes you think about things. Shows that you shouldn't wait, for something good. You should go after it if you want it that badly. the character in this film shows that while he is trying to be free. He is not just trying to get free, but also to the person he loves the most.