The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 6

The Mirror

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Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1961 on CBS
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After a poor but ambitious Central American farm worker overthrows his country's tyrannical leader, he believes he sees assassins everywhere. A look in the mirror reveals his most dangerous enemy.

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  • If we could read the twisted, frightened mind of Castro, this is what it might reveal.

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    A young Peter Falk stars in this compelling episode of a Hispanic peasant who takes over the leadership of his country through a Communist revolt...sound familiar?

    Only moments after toasting his fellow commrades, he brings in the country's former dictator, despised and in handcuffs. The old general warns him, however, that he will soon turn into what he has overthrown: a tyrant. He also shows him the secret of how he discovered his hidden enemies - through a mirror that reflects would-be assassins

    All the action takes place within a single room, as well as the adjoining balcony. I found it very well written, and eerily familiar.moreless

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: This is the face of Ramos Clemente, a year ago a beardless, nameless worker of the dirt who plodded behind a mule, furrowing someone else's land. And he looked up at a hot Central American sun and he pledged the impossible. He made a vow that he would lead an avenging army against the tyranny that put the ache in his back and the anguish in his eyes, and now one year later the dream of the impossible has become a fact. In just a moment we will look deep into this mirror and see the aftermath of a rebellion...in the Twilight Zone.

    • Priest: This is the story of all tyrants, General. They have but one real enemy, and this is the one they never recognize until too late.

    • Clemente: Murderers can never be murdered. Murders can only be executed!

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Ramos Clemente, a would-be god in dungarees, strangled by an illusion, that will-o-'the-wisp mirage that dangles from the sky in front of the eyes of all ambitious men, all tyrants--and any resemblance to tyrants living or dead is hardly coincidental, whether it be here or in the Twilight Zone.

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