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Purgatory (1999)

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An outlaw band rides into a town that is actually Purgatory, between Heaven and Hell.

Director:

Uli Edel

Writer:

Gordon T. Dawson (as Gordon Dawson)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Shepard ... Sheriff Forrest / Wild Bill Hickock
Eric Roberts ... Blackjack Britton
Randy Quaid ... Doc Woods / Doc Holliday
Peter Stormare ... Cavin Guthrie
Brad Rowe ... Leo 'Sonny' Dillard
Donnie Wahlberg ... Deputy Glen / Billy The Kid
JD Souther ... Brooks / Jesse James (as John David Souther)
Amelia Heinle ... Rose / Betty McCullough
Shannon Kenny ... Dolly Sloan / Ivy
John Dennis Johnston ... Lamb / 'Lefty' Slade
Saginaw Grant ... Gatekeeper
Richard Edson ... Euripides
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Knox
John Diehl ... Badger
R.G. Armstrong ... Coachman
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Storyline

An outlaw band flees a posse and rides into Refuge, a small town where no one carries a gun, drinks, or swears. The town is actually Purgatory, and the peaceful inhabitants are all famous dead outlaws and criminals such as Doc Holiday and Wild Bill Hickok who must redeem themselves before gaining admittance to Heaven...or screw up and go to Hell. The residents must either defend themselves against the outlaws and risk eternal damnation... or die a second time. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Fantasy | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

TNT [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purgatory West of the Pecos See more »

Filming Locations:

Barstow, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rosemont Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All of the Purgatory residents' assumed names are nature-based: Forest, Glen, Ivy, Rose, Woods, Lamb. See more »

Goofs

Doc Holliday was indeed a dentist and not a physician. In the Old West, however, remote towns often had to use what they had for medical care. Physicians were scarce, so if a town did not have a doctor they would go to the dentist, veterinarian, or even barber for care. Also sometimes physicians would be called upon to care for sick animals if needed. It is therefore not that far of a reach that a dentist would serve as the town doctor. See more »

Quotes

Leo "Sonny" Dillard: What the hell.
Forest: That's exactly what it is. Hope you're ready to meet it.
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a TV movie that's a pleasure to watch
5 July 2004 | by snshSee all my reviews

Purgatory is a conscience western you can compare to 'Unforgiven', or more likely 'Pale Rider.' It seems adapted from a scifi short story, meaning it is not dominated by its wild west setting.

Someone at TNT Originals has a great skill for making movies for the small screen. They can port a plot from the big screen and scale it down to the small screen. They reduce it from "larger than life" size to "life" size. That's what you get with this movie 'Purgatory.' It's a TV movie with characters that are serious but not ridiculous, a pace that's neither too fast nor too slow, a soundtrack that unique but not overbearing, and is a story that is epic but understated. This movie is a rare gem in TV viewing: something that makes you feel good about watching TV.


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