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Purgatory (1999)

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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Sheriff Forrest / Wild Bill Hickock
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Doc Woods / Doc Holliday
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Leo 'Sonny' Dillard
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Deputy Glen / Billy The Kid
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Brooks / Jesse James (as John David Souther)
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Rose / Betty McCullough
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Dolly Sloan / Ivy
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Lamb / 'Lefty' Slade
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Knox
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Badger
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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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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10 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Purgatory West of the Pecos  »

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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 »

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In the final gunfight scenes, Rose is wearing a plastic hair clip. Plastic wasn't invented until 1907, more than 20 years after James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickock was killed. See more »

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Blackjack Britton: You're still our sixteen to your four. The odds are against you.
[Doc shows up, shoots a man, grabs a drink]
Doc Holliday: The odds are getting better!
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A fun mix of Western-style action and religious parable
16 January 1999 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

The idea of making the religious realm of Purgatory into an old Western town sounds fairly bizarre, but it makes for a very fun and entertaining movie. The plot mainly involves a gang of outlaws led by Blackjack (Eric Roberts) on the run who end up in a town that is none other than the realm of judgment itself. The town is populuated by the worst outlaws of the old west (Billy the Kid, Jesse James, etc.) who have been given a second chance at salvation- if they can survive an indeterminate period of time without giving in to temptations to sin, they will be saved. When the outlaws decide to pillage the town, it's occupants are faced with a crisis of conscience. There's a lot to enjoy about this movie: Sam Shepard and Randy Quaid fun to watch as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, and Eric Roberts, overacting as always, actually makes for a very convincing outlaw. And the climactic gunfight is a simply spectacular piece of action filmmaking. If you missed this when it appeared on TV, I would suggest renting it when it comes out on video- I doubt you'll be disappointed.


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