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Purgatory House (2004)

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A rebellious and angst-ridden teenager finds a possible chance to redeem herself in the afterlife after prior years of drug addiction and frustration.

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Cindy Baer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Celeste Marie Davis Celeste Marie Davis ... Silver Strand
Jim Hanks ... Saint James
Johnny Pacar ... Sam
Devin Witt Devin Witt ... Atticis
Rhiannon Main Rhiannon Main ... Celeste
Cindy Baer ... Marsha
Howard M. Lockie ... Silver's Dad (as Howard Lockie)
Kathryn Skatula Kathryn Skatula ... Sam's Mom
Erik Jester Erik Jester ... Jessie
Katrina Gourley Katrina Gourley ... Teacher
Brian Dietzen ... Ghost
Nikolette Noel ... Student
Scott McCann Scott McCann ... Johnny (as Scott Clark)
Michele Morrow ... Silver's Mom
Jean Paul Toshiro Jean Paul Toshiro ... Cody
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PURGATRORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of a lonely teen who abandoned her life of peer pressure only to find herself caught between Heaven and Hell. Here she will remain 14-years-old forever unless she can find within herself the courage to change. Filmed in 2001 with miniDV cameras and edited on early home-based computers, "Purgatory House" marked the beginning of the democratization of film. Written by and starring a 14-year-old at-risk high school student, Celeste Davis was the [then] first youngest sole-credited feature screenwriter to have a feature distributed. Written by Publicity Services

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Can you see me?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Free Dream Pictures See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Ted McGinley, David St. James and Christopher Atkins auditioned for the lead role of Saint James. See more »

Quotes

Saint James: I'll be your supplier for eternity.
Silver Strand: You're letting me do drugs?
Saint James: Oh, yes. In fact, we insist on it.
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Crazy Credits

Parametic #1 and Parametic #2 are PURGATORY HOUSE Associate Producers Matthew Irving (disguised as "Pink Matthews") and Traci Glodery. See more »

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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Spirit in the Sky
Written by Norman Greenbaum
Performed by Norman Greenbaum
Published by Great Honesty Music (BMI)
Curtesy of Transtone Productions
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A powerful movie that deals with real issues.
14 April 2014 | by deborah-atkins656See all my reviews

This movie shows depth to its characters and deals with issues that affect a lonely teen who struggles for acceptance in the aferlife. The young writer and director have clearly a great empathy and insight into the non- glitzy and very real scenes that happens when life goes wrong. It won't be liked by everyone because. Pop culture it is not. It is written and will work for the right audience, whether they relate by age or connect with harsh life events. It does what it says it does and so ought to be applauded for that. There is one other thing to add: This movie can actually educate those who have enjoyed a more protected or cosseted existence. That is if it is given a chance of course. It actually needs to be watched and not as a light eye candy movie.


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