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Purgatory

Sam Shepard , Eric Roberts , Uli Edel    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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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

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Between somewhere and nowhere in the untamed West is the small town of Refuge. There, neither the sheriff nor his deputy carry a sidearm. There's no jail either, because shooting, carousing and bad blood are not in the town's character. What peaceful folks live there? Wild Bill Hickok. Doc Holliday. Jesse James. Billy the Kid. All long dead. All mysteriously given a chance to undo their violent pasts in Purgatory. All put to a stern test when Blackjack and his ornery gang ride into town.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Western March 10 2011
By Gamer52
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is not your typical western but kind of reverse western. All these typical BAD GUYS ride into a typical town expecting the usual but finding just the opposite. It's definately a fresh approach and a pleasure to watch over and over. The funniest part was right at the end (of course) and is a MUST SEE for western fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what VCR Dec 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The only reason I came here today, was to purchase this movie. However, all I use is DVDs. I don't understand why a movie of this caliber, made in 1999, was not released on DVD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rein In Your Horses, Now... Sept. 22 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Alright, first let me say I enjoyed this for what it was - a Tv movie. I liked the concept and the message enjoyed the overall execution, but a couple things really bothered me...
1. `Doc' John Holliday was a dentist, not a medical doctor.
2. Why did the gunfight at the end take place, when it was already depicted that the Higher Power would protect the town's citizens so long as they didn't resort to violence (remember when Sam Sheppard stands in front of the church door to stop the baddies from tossing their bowie knives?)? And how could the citizens be harmed by the bad guys anyway, considering their true nature?
3. So Purgatory is located just south of Sweetwater, Texas? How could Ric Roberts and his gang ride into this place, and why didn't the posse follow them in? Its hard to believe such a huge gang could give the lawmen the slip and not leave a clear trail for them to follow.
4. Why would such a formidable (and large) gang of bank robbers put all the money they'd just swiped on one horse?
Overall, as I said, I enjoyed this. The actors all do a good job -particularly Eric Roberts, who was the biggest misgiving I had going into this. He came off completely believable and seductively bad (which was good). Donnie Wahlberg does a lot with the little screen time he's given, as does Randy Quaid and the fella who plays `JJ' (the storekeeper). Sam Sheppard doesn't look a whit like who he's supposed to be portraying, but it didn't bother me.
I like the notion that `The marginally good' are given a chance to separated from `the totally wicked,' and I like the supernatural theme of redemption. I thought the passage of the bad guys through the ghostly gates was very Twilight Zonish, and eerie, but I wish they hadn't shown us what was beyond all that smoke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars believeable March 31 2003
By james
Format:VHS Tape
I have seen this movie a few times, and don`t seem to get tired of it!!It really is believeable;no, I don`t believe in purgatory, but the story line is just soooo good!! The sherriff isn`t so handsome, that it resembles just another Hollywood epic!He isn`t what you would expect at all!!Donnie Wahlberg is perfect;sassy,cocky, and just looks like he wants to get in trouble!!There is suspense, surprise, and action;all of this, without filthy ,dirty,disgusting language!! These are great writers!!! I only wish it was on DVD!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD please Feb. 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Why can't we get this movie on DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual, mystical western Dec 16 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Does mighteous make righteous? That's the question in this odd, mystically allegorical made-for-TV western... A gnarly crew of outlaws wind up in a mysteriously peaceful border town, where borderline bad guys are given a chance at redemption by the powers that be. It gets a little syrupy in the second half, but I was into it. Always nice to see Sam Shepard flaunt his grizzle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last truly great western of the 20th century Oct. 27 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I think this will come to be considered the last mature, truly great western of the century of westerns. I've heard this described both as a "metaphysical" western and as a morality play. Maybe so, the really great westerns have always been about the eternal sruggle between good and evil, right and wrong. This film just carries it to a higher plane.
I like the concept of men who walked the razor edge between Good and Bad being allowed one more chance to toe the line. There's alot about the character of Bill Hickok, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, and Billy the Kid that is not black and white- there's alot of gray.
But, what happens when outside evil comes to Purgatory and you've sworn off violence forever? It must take a special kind of soul to disobey the Creator, even if it for a good cause, even when you know it means being cast into Hell....
I still get chills from that closing line, "The Creator may be hard, but He ain't blind."
By the way, once he gets going, Quaid steals the show as Doc Holliday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story April 27 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie. Only one thing really bothered me. Randy Quaid played Doc Holliday and he did a great job, only he played him as a real doctor and he was actually a dentist.
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