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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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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 <>

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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 »


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 »


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I LOVE this movie
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I love a good western, and this would have to be one of the best I have ever seen. What a beautiful storyline, what a great place Refuge was. I hope that it truly is like that when we pass away. I don't know what those people did (good) that let them go to refuge, rather than straight to Hell, because all of the Blackjack gang (about 30) went straight to Hell, rather than purgatory. I don't know why Jesse James, Wild Bill and Doc didn't go straight to Hell for their sins, but where given a second chance, unlike the Blackjack gang. I actually got this movie without reading the back cover, so I didn't know what to expect. I was so surprised with this movie. I will watch it many times

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