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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 »

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In this TV film, Randy Quaid played Doc Holliday, a role previously played by his younger brother Dennis Quaid in Wyatt Earp (1994). 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

Coachman: Climb aboard, Sonny.
Leo "Sonny" Dillard: [Looks at Rose] Do I have to?
Coachman: You got nothing left to prove.
Leo "Sonny" Dillard: I want to stay.
Forest: Refuge is a place of hard rules, Sonny.
Leo "Sonny" Dillard: I know what it is. I think I'm going to make it.
Coachman: [to Sonny after Forest pinned the Sherriff badge on Sonny and climbed onto the stagecoach] Your seat'll be here when you want it.
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Entertaining Western Fantasy
30 May 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Purgatory plays like a ninety-four episode of "The Twilight Zone", that despite a few predictable twists, is still a lot of fun to watch and a cut above the usual made-for-television western of the last twenty years or so.

Production values are good and so is the familiar cast of character actors, led by baddies Eric Roberts and Peter Stormare, with Sam Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Donnie Walberg, and R.G. Armstrong in his last western appearance so far. They all do a great job, with Roberts and Stormare playing it nice and rowdy.

Interestingly enough, co-stars R.G.Armstrong and John Dennis Johnston appeared together eighteen years earlier in the southern-fried horror flick The Beast Within.


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