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A lost band of outlaws wanders into a peaceful little town. At first, they mistake the quiet inhabitants of Refuge for easy marks. Then they recognize Doc Holliday, Billy The Kid and Wild Bill Hickok and realize this town is really purgatory, the deciding ground between heaven and hell. Which makes them ... dead.]]>
Purgatory is a down-and-dirty Western with a twist The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling would have loved. A band of 19th-century desperadoes, led by the monstrous Blackjack Britton (Eric Roberts), takes a wrong turn while fleeing a posse and rides into an otherworldly, off-the-map town called Refuge. Sedate, almost repressed, and guarded by an unarmed sheriff (Sam Shepard), Refuge is a weird haven of hospitality with no jail, a literate shopkeeper (J.D. Souther), an erudite dandy of a doctor (Randy Quaid), a restless deputy (Donnie Wahlberg), and a beautiful young woman (Amelia Heinle) with no apparent family. In short order, Blackjack figures Refuge is his for the plundering. But the youngest of his gang, the innocent Sonny (Brad Rowe), slowly realizes the town's residents are, in fact, dead legends of the American West--Wild Bill Hickok (Shepard), Doc Holliday (Quaid), Jesse James (Souther), among others--spending a violence-free interim before being taken to Heaven (or Hell if they fail). A purely fun if slightly hokey piece of fanciful adventure, Purgatory's colorful cast plays the whole thing straight and gives this made-for-cable film (directed by Uli Edel of Last Exit to Brooklyn) some exciting, six-gun grit and emotional authenticity. --Tom Keogh
Top Customer Reviews
This movie is pretty much impossible to categorize. It looks and feels like a western, but it's not. It also feels a bit like sci-fi, but it's not. Its message is deep and profound, but easy to understand instinctively. I've seen hundreds of movies, but I've never seen casting done this well before. All characters come across beautifully. This is not a huge-budget movie, Hollywood style, but you'll never notice the difference. I'm sure a large amount of money was spent, but this movie makes it due to stellar storytelling, great acting and wonderful direction, not big special effects. A powerful movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family. No matter how old you are when you first see it, the story is likely to haunt you for years to come. A highly, highly recommended film.
This movie is a keeper. I already had it in VHS format, but bought the DVD to have it in a more permanent media.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though this was a made-for-TV (TNT) movie and almost 20 years old, it is still one of my all-time favorites. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jan at the Ranch
Great story. Have seen this movie on TV several time and just had to get the DVD.Published 9 days ago by Jean Matlock
one of the best westerns you will ever see and it has a great sort of Paranormal twist.Published 1 month ago by Scott Sparks 52
Not your typical western for sure. However, I saw it on tv one time and loved it. Took me a long time but had finally found it. Excellent entertainment for the whole family.Published 1 month ago by Randy