The world premiere of this adaptation of Riders of the Purple Sage was on January21, 1996. This movie was a TNT network original production. A special screening for the cast, crew and other special guests was held earlier in the week on January 16, 1996.It was the culmination of many years of dedicated, hard work by Ed Harris and Amy Madigan to bring this adaptation of Zane Grey’s classic to the screen. The movie was well received by the audience and critics alike. It received an ASC award for cinematography and won the Western Heritage Award: Television Feature Film. Ed Harris was nominated for a SAG award, and it was also nominated for a Cable ACE award for costume design.