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  • Actors: Peter Stormare, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard, Randy Quaid
  • Directors: Uli Edel
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: May 17 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0007OY2OO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,545 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Purgatory (DVD)

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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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[...]I simply had to add my name to the growing list of people who found this western to be something quite special. Three things are guaranteed if you watch this film........1) you don't have to like westerns......2) the story will have you rivetted......and lastly, you will want to see it again, or I'll eat my spurs. I won't repeat the overview of the story which everyone has been so careful in outlining, as a careless word could ruin the superb surprises which it has in store. This film is perfect in so many departments with the acting coming top of the list. The wests most notorious gunmen are portrayed brilliantly by a cast who obviously believed in this film's message. The music is truly haunting and memorable, and in the tradition of all great westerns (which is the catagory where this belongs) there is a spectacular gunfight at the end, the build-up to which is truly masterful. So if you want a movie which isn't full of cliche's and has a story that will have you glued to your screen as it unfolds, then they don't come any better than this................I find it hard to believe that I've just been talking about a TV movie!!!
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While the above information states the year 1999 for a release date, I believe that date is only for the release to video. I swear I saw this movie a year or two before then. Also, this movie is a TNT original, and I don't think it was ever in the theaters. But let me clarify, it could have done very well at theaters. This movie does not come across as 'made for television'. In fact, it is better than 95% of the movies currently on the big screen. I should state that, like many others here, I am not a big fan of westerns, and movies with religious undercurrents generally turn me right off. Thus, when my girlfriend wanted to watch this when it was first shown on TNT one night, I was not too excited by the idea. About 15 minutes into the film, my mind was totally changed and I was absolutely riveted to the screen. I was stunned by the subtle-but-immediate effect this movie was having on me. If my house would have started on fire, I don't think I'd have noticed.
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.
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By A Customer on Sept. 27 2001
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As you can see from the past reviews, nobody has scored it less than 5 stars. What an amazing movie! It's too bad this didn't go to theatres first so it could be enjoyed on the big screen. It definately deserves a transfer to DVD with all the extras so hopefully that will be coming soon. I'm very picky about the westerns that I'll watch since a good one so rarely comes along these days. But Purgatory is great! Like others have said, it's a western with twists and surprises like no other before it. And for "Hollywood" or TNT as the case may be, to put out a movie with a moral or faith based message, well that's just very incredible and very welcome considering the messages that are conveyed in most movies today. Purgatory is 5 stars and then some. And at this price, you can't go wrong!
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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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