A labor of love for the husband-and-wife team of Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE took ten years to produce. The completed frontier parable shows every ounce of nurturing artistry that went into it.
Hectored by self-righteous church elder Pastor Dyer (G.D. Spradlin), Cottonwoods rancher Jane Withersteen (Amy Madigan) defies the religious dictates of the late 19th Century by refusing the hand of her suitor, Deacon Tull (Norbert Weisser). Dyer's congregation intensifies the war of attrition by
trying to run Jane's ranch-hand, Bern Venters (Henry Thomas), out of town. Intervening for no readily apparent motive is roving gunslinger Lassiter (Ed H...