Purgatory (1999)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  Fantasy, Western  |  10 January 1999 (USA)
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An outlaw band rides into a town that is actually Purgatory, between Heaven and Hell.



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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Forrest / Wild Bill Hickock
Doc Woods / Doc Holliday
Leo 'Sonny' Dillard
Deputy Glen / Billy The Kid
Brooks / Jesse James (as John David Souther)
Rose / Betty McCullough
Shannon Kenny ...
Dolly Sloan / Ivy
Lamb / 'Lefty' Slade


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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Fantasy | Western


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


In Purgatory, the people must live in peace for 10 years before being accepted into heaven. However, Wild Bill Hickok died in 1876 and Doc Holliday died in 1887, 11 years later. According to the movie's plot, they could not have been in purgatory together. See more »


Blackjack: Sheriff, your mother's a whore!
Forest: I have no mother.
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A Good TV Movie.
22 November 2000 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

This is pretty much a pleasant - albeit unspectacular - film. It is very watchable with a predictable fantasy theme running through it.

The theme of people realising that they are at some sort of halfway house between Heaven and Hell, awaiting divine judgement, is not new and has been well portrayed in earlier films. This film however, reworks the formula in a western setting. It is certainly watchable and is quite well made for a TV movie.

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