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Top 15 Civil War movies
The Washington Times ^ | September 29, 2012 | John Haydon

Posted on 01/01/2014 4:34:31 AM PST by iowamark

15. “Cold Mountain” (2003) — Jude Law plays a Confederate soldier...

14. “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) — Directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and William Holden, this film is based on the true story of Col. Benjamin H. Grierson and the Battle of Newton Station...

13. “Gods and Generals” (2003)

12. “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976)

11. “Shenandoah” (1965) — Jimmy Stewart plays a Lincolnesque widower from Virginia who is adamant about keeping his sons out of the Civil War...

10. “The Beguiled” (made in 1970, released in 1971) — Clint Eastwood portrays a wounded Union soldier

9. “Andersonville” (1996) — Director John Frankenheimer’s excellent piece of television focuses on the most notorious Confederate prisoner-of-war camp in the American Civil War.

8. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)

7. “Gettysburg” (1993)

6. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” or “La Riviere du Hibou” (1962) — This French film is an adaptation of Ambrose Bierce’s short Civil War story...

5. “The Red Badge of Courage” (1951) — Audie Murphy, a hero from World War II, plays Pvt. Henry Fleming in this film...

4. “Birth of a Nation” (1915) — A provocative and opportunistic film by D.W. Griffith, sometimes known as the “father of film.” This silent film ran nearly three hours, portraying the saga of the Civil War and Reconstruction with remarkable scenes of the war. The film negatively portrayed blacks in the South and made heroes of the Ku Klux Klansmen.

3. “Gone With the Wind” (1939)

2. “Glory” (1989)

1. “The General” (1926) — An epic re-enactment of the Civil War is the backdrop to Buster Keaton’s immortal silent comedy and one of the great comedy chase films ever made...

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
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Note that this list was compiled before the 2012 Daniel Day-Lewis movie "Lincoln" was released.

1 posted on 01/01/2014 4:34:31 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Yup - except Glory should be number 1. Best representation of combat of any of them.


2 posted on 01/01/2014 4:41:43 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: Chainmail
Glory should be number 1. Best representation of combat of any of them.

It was a great movie. But you can't judge a war film solely on the realism of its combat scenes. Most of the leftist-produced war movies out over the past few decades were highly realistic and graphic, yet were loaded with distortions and/or outright lies. Not saying this is the case with Glory, just generally speaking.

3 posted on 01/01/2014 4:49:35 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Chainmail
Agree with Glory at #1 - very well done. Incident at Owl Creek Bridge was also an Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1959.
4 posted on 01/01/2014 4:51:20 AM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: iowamark

I am amazed that with the possible exception of Lincoln and Glory, better Civil War movies have not been made. The same can pretty much be said abou the American Revolution as well. Movies of both wars pale in comparison to the many quality war movies coming from WWI, WWII and Vietnam.


5 posted on 01/01/2014 4:53:42 AM PST by yetidog
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To: jimfree
Oh, should have noted - AHP episodes and the French version of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge are available at Youtube or other online sources.
6 posted on 01/01/2014 4:54:26 AM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Chainmail

I really like GLORY but I love the scene in Gettysburg when “chamberlain” yells... BAYONETS


7 posted on 01/01/2014 5:02:32 AM PST by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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To: jimfree

Is the French version the same one adapted by Rod Serling for “The Twilight Zone”?

That’s a very, very haunting piece. I have the entire Twilight Zone series.


8 posted on 01/01/2014 5:03:22 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: yetidog

We absolutely need more truth about the Revolution, especially about Washington.


9 posted on 01/01/2014 5:04:57 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: iowamark
Note that this list was compiled before the 2012 Daniel Day-Lewis movie "Lincoln" was released.

Based on acting performance I'd place "Lincoln" at the top of the list. Based on historical accuracy I wouldn't place it in the top 15. On the other hand most of the other movies on the list would fail the historical accuracy test as well.

10 posted on 01/01/2014 5:10:13 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: iowamark

I never watched Glory, it has Morgan Freeman in it and I just assumed it was a liberal OS, as for Cold Mountain I have the movie on DVD and have never been able to watch it.

Just cannot get through the thing, to me it sucks.


11 posted on 01/01/2014 5:14:53 AM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: djf; jimfree

Re: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

That wasn’t an actual episode of the Twilight Zone. It was a short film made by others that Sterling thought so much of he aired it during his series run.

Here it is in its entirety (25 min):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DocXC-kobmU


12 posted on 01/01/2014 5:28:31 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: djf; jimfree

Re: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

This one below is about 2 mins longer in length (27:45 min). Maybe Sterling’s airing cut out a few parts?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuP5kUQro40


13 posted on 01/01/2014 5:31:22 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Venturer

Ive seen Glory. And in typical liberal hollywood fashion, while its the story of an all black regiment, the story is told primarily from the point of view of the white officer that leads the regiment. Not the first or last time that black people played a background role in movies that are supposed to tell their story. (Amistad is another example)


14 posted on 01/01/2014 5:34:41 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: iowamark

From a pure entertainment perspective, I would say Josey Wales and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly win hands down.


15 posted on 01/01/2014 5:38:53 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Thanks.

I have a bunch of series of programs on DVD and usually, about once a year, work through them all.

But I remember watching the original TZ broadcast.


16 posted on 01/01/2014 5:39:23 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: huldah1776

Totally agree! Instead, Hollywood continues to put out trash and remakes.

Looking forward to this, in case you haven’t heard the buzz about it yet ...
http://screenrant.com/turn-tv-show-trailer-amc/

Turn, AMC’s Story of Spies & American Revolution.

Have you read Citizen Washington? Really loved it ~
http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Washington-William-Martin/dp/0446521728

Cheers ~


17 posted on 01/01/2014 5:40:19 AM PST by IwaCornDogs ("There Will Be Bamboozeling" ~ Nobama 08')
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To: bt-99

Or when Brig. General Buford growls through his clenched teeth “...we will deny the enemy the high ground!” Sam Elliott rocks! How ‘Gettysburg’ is not in the top 5 is beyond me...it should be swapped with ‘Gone With the Wind’ which is little more than a soap opera set during the war, IMHO.


18 posted on 01/01/2014 5:43:17 AM PST by major_gaff (University of Parris Island, Class of '84)
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To: iowamark

PFL


19 posted on 01/01/2014 5:51:51 AM PST by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: djf

The one I linked to that Sterling aired was about 2 mins shorter despite the fact that Sterling talks about it for awhile at the beginning. So the other (the original) has over 2 extra minutes.


20 posted on 01/01/2014 5:52:51 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: jimfree

I believe Incident at Owl Creek was shown on Twilight Zone, not Alfred Hitchcock Presents.


21 posted on 01/01/2014 5:57:37 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: EnquiringMind

S/B Occurrence


22 posted on 01/01/2014 5:58:37 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: djf

As you may well know, there were at least 2 other Twilight Zones involving the Civil War...

“The Passerby”
Airdate: 6 Oct 1961
Confederate soldier stops at a woman’s house after the end of the civil war. While there, they both watch soldiers, Union and Confederate, pass by.
Main Cast: James Gregory, Joanne Linville

“Still Valley”
Airdate: 24 Nov 1961
Paradine, a Confederate officer, walks into a town full of Union soldiers who have been frozen in time by a man with a black book. Close to death, the man gives Paradine the book and tells him to use it to win the war.
Main Cast: Gary Merrill, Vaughn Taylor, Ben Cooper

“Back There”
Airdate: 13 Jan 1961
Peter Corrigan and some friends are discussing time travel. He suddenly becomes dizzy and finds himself in the past at the date of Lincoln’s assassination. Can he change history?
Main Cast: Russell Johnson, Paul Hartman, John Lasell


23 posted on 01/01/2014 6:06:19 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: major_gaff
Or when Brig. General Buford growls through his clenched teeth “...we will deny the enemy the high ground!” Sam Elliott rocks! How ‘Gettysburg’ is not in the top 5 is beyond me...it should be swapped with ‘Gone With the Wind’ which is little more than a soap opera set during the war, IMHO.

+1.

Although it should be noted that "Gettysburg" is largely based on the historical fiction novel "The Killer Angels." Which is a great book and the entry point into Civil War history for many (including myself). But also should be taken as historical fiction where the author (Michael Shaara - who we lost way too soon. His son Jeff has done a really admirable job in picking up where his dad left off) took some liberties with and often cherry-picked the sources he used for its basis.

For example, Shaara's (and therefore "Gettysburg's") account of the defense of Little Round Top is based pretty much solely in the post-battle writings of Chamberlain. Which have been disputed (somewhat) and were pretty self-serving - becoming increasingly more-so as Chamberlain recounted the story over the rest of his life.

Not meant as a criticism, btw, but as an acknowledgement.

Two additional points. First, since Gettysburg heavily leveraged the reenactment community the soldiers were decidedly older, heavier (just sayin') and better equipped (particularly, if not exclusively, on the Confederate side) than the actual soldiers of the time were. Second, if you see the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Edition Blu-Ray on an HDTV the fake beards on the more prominent characters (particularly Longstreet and Armitage) are blatantly obvious ... but people need to keep in mind that the movie was shot to be seen mainly on 28" old-style TVs.
24 posted on 01/01/2014 6:06:22 AM PST by tanknetter (L)
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To: Chainmail

Glory was excellent along with Red Badge of Courage.


25 posted on 01/01/2014 6:13:30 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: DoodleDawg

We watched Lincoln the other night and I kept smelling lefties. Sure enough, at the end of the movie, Spielberg raved about Doris Kearns Goodwin and the great job she did with the Lincoln book on which he drew his film. To my recollection, she is the go-to historian for the lefties I know and she got slapped a while back for plagiarism. The film kept elevating slavery as the sole concern of Lincoln and nearly every other character in the film. From what I understand, for the vast majority, it boiled down to self-determination.

My double question: Have you read her book and what objections did you have to Lincoln’s portrayal in the film?


26 posted on 01/01/2014 6:25:44 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: DoodleDawg

We watched Lincoln the other night and I kept smelling lefties. Sure enough, at the end of the movie, Spielberg raved about Doris Kearns Goodwin and the great job she did with the Lincoln book on which he drew his film. To my recollection, she is the go-to historian for the lefties I know and she got slapped a while back for plagiarism. The film kept elevating slavery as the sole concern of Lincoln and nearly every other character in the film. From what I understand, for the vast majority, it boiled down to self-determination.

My double question: Have you read her book and what objections did you have to Lincoln’s portrayal in the film?


27 posted on 01/01/2014 6:25:53 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Venturer

Glory is one of my favorite movies of all time, right after Gettysburg. Watch it.


28 posted on 01/01/2014 6:34:26 AM PST by fatboy (This protestant will have no part in the ecumenical movement)
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To: ETL
Black and white was at the pinnacle of artistic and technical excellence along about then, so moody and stark, even television series from the era are visually interesting regardless of subject matter, it's part of what makes old Twilight Zone episodes so memorable and so gripping.

That said, it's curious how unsympathetic the Union soldiers were portrayed by the French in this, snapping their heels like Germans, goose stepping around, reptilian and foppish by turns with the ridiculous manner in which they chose to wear their hats, one fellow even has his on backwards.

The final dream sequence of his return to hearth and home only to be dead after all appears to have inspired something of more modern vintage, and that would be the “turning” of Vampire Bill in season one of “True Blood.”

Here's a YouTube clip, warning, it's not something I'd consider family friendly, adult and fairly graphic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIxEuus0bJE

29 posted on 01/01/2014 6:36:09 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: iowamark

The Great Locomotive Chase was my favorite.


30 posted on 01/01/2014 6:37:19 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: iowamark

My favourite has always been The Horse Soldiers, but then again, I’m a big fan of The Duke. I like everything about that movie and have probably watched it about ten times.


31 posted on 01/01/2014 6:38:42 AM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: bt-99

My favorite scene in Gettysburg is the Lee-Stuart confrontation.

The participants move from living in the 18th Century to living in the 20th over about 70 seconds.

Very well done.


32 posted on 01/01/2014 6:40:43 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
My double question: Have you read her book and what objections did you have to Lincoln’s portrayal in the film?

Yes I read the book, and I thought it was fantastic. I think that Lewis's Oscar for Lincoln was well deserved; his performance was outstanding and was matched by the performances by Spader and Straitharn. But as for the rest of the movie, I thought that the characters were ridiculous. From an historical standpoint, there was a 13th Amendment and it was passed out of the House in January 1865 but the accuracy pretty much ends there. The overwhelming majority of the story is fictionalized BS.

33 posted on 01/01/2014 6:43:17 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: EnquiringMind

Alfred Hitchcock presents: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508121/ Oh look, James Coburn plays a Union sergeant.

I understand that Serling licensed the French version for TZ.


34 posted on 01/01/2014 6:47:12 AM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: bt-99
bt-99 said: I really like GLORY but I love the scene in Gettysburg when “chamberlain” yells... BAYONETS

I agree with you except my favorite line is during the the early morning scene on July 2, where Longstreet and Col. Freemantle talk, Longstreet said almost as a side note "we should have freeded the slaves, then fired on Fort Sumpter".

How true.

35 posted on 01/01/2014 6:48:45 AM PST by fatboy (This protestant will have no part in the ecumenical movement)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Thanks, I’ll check it out when I can.


36 posted on 01/01/2014 6:49:26 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: iowamark

Friendly Persuasion and Shenandoah for me. Not for the battle sequences, but for the human drama and the cost of war borne by families.


37 posted on 01/01/2014 6:50:23 AM PST by twister881
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To: Chainmail

Beautiful music score as well.


38 posted on 01/01/2014 6:52:24 AM PST by bonfire
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To: twister881
Agreed, [Friendly Persuasion] is a great movie with great actors I think it was Tony Perkins 1st film.
39 posted on 01/01/2014 6:54:45 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: djf

In the TW episode “Back There” that I referenced above, notice that it starred actor Russell Johnson. He apparently is still alive at 89 years old.

“Russell David Johnson (born Nov 10, 1924) is an American television and film actor best known as ‘The Professor’ on the CBS television sitcom Gilligan’s Island. He is one of three remaining cast members from that series, the last surviving male.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Johnson


40 posted on 01/01/2014 6:55:33 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: iowamark
"The Lincoln Administration required us to raise three infantry regiments. Tell him we have done so"

"Stonewall" Jackson

Gods and Generals link

41 posted on 01/01/2014 6:59:03 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Venturer
The best part of Glory: When the Irish Sargent major was training the recruits (I believe he was going up for a Oscar for his performance.

The worst part of Glory: Matthew Broderick's continuous accent change throughout the movie.

42 posted on 01/01/2014 7:01:07 AM PST by mware
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To: iowamark

It’s a shame that Hollywood is too PC to make a movie of Turtledove’s “Guns for the South”.


43 posted on 01/01/2014 7:03:23 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: iowamark

Ride with the Devil and Major Dundee should be on the list.


44 posted on 01/01/2014 7:04:48 AM PST by drjimmy
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To: iowamark

CW 1 is more politicized than ever and tilted heavily in favor of the big government Leftist respective.
I would like to see a new film from the Southern perspective depicting the confederates and leadership in a more positive light; but I doubt that will ever happen in this country.


45 posted on 01/01/2014 7:29:04 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: grumpygresh

>>CW 1 is more politicized than ever and tilted heavily
>>in favor of the big government Leftist respective.

Are you referring to “The General” (1926)


46 posted on 01/01/2014 7:35:32 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: tanknetter
Agree on all of your points, but all of these movies listed
rely on historical fiction to one extent or another, 'Glory'
included, which is probably my favorite civil war movie.
I loved reading 'Killer Angels' as an undergrad in Dr. Gary
Gallagher's civil war course at Penn State, which is why I
enjoyed 'Gettysburg' so much.

As to Chamberlain's embellishments, the bottom line is that
the 20th Maine held the end of the Union line against a
numerically superior force on Little Round Top.

47 posted on 01/01/2014 7:35:59 AM PST by major_gaff (University of Parris Island, Class of '84)
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To: fatboy

There are lots of good lines in that movie. I just particularly like the scene on Little Roundtop. I was there twice in 2013 and always marvel at the men who had the balls to come up that hill.


48 posted on 01/01/2014 7:38:01 AM PST by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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To: bt-99

We are of the same mindset. I made it out there once in 2013, which is a shame as I live only about 2.5 hours away. My favorite part of the battlefield is the union left on Little Round Top, second favorite spot is McPheason Ridge, position of Buford’s troopers first day. Those were fighting men.


49 posted on 01/01/2014 8:32:18 AM PST by fatboy (This protestant will have no part in the ecumenical movement)
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To: jimfree

***Incident at Owl Creek Bridge was also an Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1959. ***

There were two versions of this. One was on Alfred Hitchcock, the other on (I believe) THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

One was a straight forward telling of the story, the other was an artsy French version with lots of slow motion scenes and draggy sound.

Both ended the same.


50 posted on 01/01/2014 8:34:07 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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