7.0/10
3,455
60 user 3 critic

Purgatory (1999)

Trailer
0:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Tracker (2002)
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf de Heer
Stars: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately ... See full summary »

Director: David L. Cunningham
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, Ciarán McMenamin
Miracle Beach (1992)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A down-on-his luck beach bum asks a cute female genie to help him seduce the woman of his dreams only to realize that he might be looking in the wrong place.

Director: Skott Snider
Stars: Dean Cameron, Ami Dolenz, Felicity Waterman
Lawman (1971)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb
Sweetwater (2013)
Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory.

Directors: Logan Miller, Noah Miller
Stars: Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs
Purgatory (1988)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Two Peace Corps volunteers in Africa are framed and put into an oppressive women's prison.

Director: Ami Artzi
Stars: Tanya Roberts, Julie Pop, Hal Orlandini
Adventure | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers
The Chase (1994)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Escaped convict Jack Hammond takes a woman hostage and sets off for the Mexican border with the police hot on his tail.

Director: Adam Rifkin
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Henry Rollins
Chistilishche (TV Movie 1998)
War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A military drama based on true events - a battle on the First Chechen War during the winter of 1994-1995. A story covers attacking a local hospital where Russian military forces placed. The film is full of violence scenes.

Director: Aleksandr Nevzorov
Stars: Aleksandr Baranov, Sergey Bogdanov, Zed Korshoonoff
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert.

Director: John Gray
Stars: Nick Thurston, Geoffrey Wigdor, Stephen Lang
Slipstream (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.

Director: Anthony Hopkins
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Stella Hopkins, Christian Slater
Monte Walsh (TV Movie 2003)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Monte Walsh and Chet Rollins are long-time cowhands, working whatever ranch work comes their way, but "nothing they can't do from a horse." Their lives are divided between months on the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Tom Selleck, Isabella Rossellini, Keith Carradine
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Fantasy | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film of R.G. Armstrong. See more »

Goofs

The character killed by lightning at the knife throwing scene was Jacinto, played by Michael Shaner, not Euripides, played by Richard Edson. So, it would make sense that Euripides could have a line at the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Forest: While you're in Refuge, I would appreciate it if you didn't curse, except for the saloon, of course.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's a two-way street.
23 July 2006 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

After committing a bank robbery, a large group of outlaws led by Blackjack Britton are on the run. So Britton leads his men across the desert, which they come across a quiet little town called Purgatory, where the strange locals don't carry guns, or even curse, but they really make them welcome. This very helpful gesture spurs Britton to stir up a racket and take over the town, but one of his men, a young wannabe, Sonny, doesn't share Britton's idea and he finds himself picking up some unusual hints of something otherworldly about the town and its inhabitants.

What a nice surprise the cable TV movie, "Purgatory", actually turned out to be. It's far from your conventional western. Well, there's some formulaic western stakes within it, but it does have a weird novelty behind it that wouldn't feel out-of-place in a "Twilight Zone" episode. This unique sprinkle and along with a appealing cast made it a very engrossing and delightful viewing, despite that it's pretty much a sleeper when building up the story and the mysterious twist engulfing the presentation forces itself on us too suddenly and rather obviously. I could go on about the whole twist and the story has a few layers to peel off, but its better to just know that it involves a group of outlaws who have made names for themselves. Like Bill Hicock, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Doc Holliday. Now that's a great line-up! The story kind a follows a redemption angle, where it's all about choice and a chance to make good, but despite this option there are temptations you must face, before accepting your fate. Gladly none of it becomes too overwrought. There are some creative juices flowing here amongst a very solid looking production. The film opens and closes with thrilling and well-staged gunfights. Dynamic wise, the fruitful cast gel impeccably well, involving the likes of Eric Roberts killing it, as Blackjack Britton and then you got Brad Rowe as the naïve Sonny. Peter Stonmore gives a stand-out performance as the crackpot sidekick of Britton, Cavin. Some of the town's folk you see kicking back are played by Randy Quaid, Sam Elliott, Donnie Wahlberg, J.D. Souther and the stunning Amelia Heinle. What got me more than anything, was the production was very well mounted with smoothly displayed photography that captured the vastness and close details that sprawled along the screen and a sulky, fine-tuned score that created an eerie howl, really does lift it out of the very stuffy mould of TV features.

A very curious piece that just doesn't go anywhere big with its fascinating concept, but still it's surely entertaining.


19 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 60 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed