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The Salton Sea (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  17 May 2002 (USA)
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After his wife is murdered, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.



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After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug use, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Salton Sea  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$166,309 (USA) (26 April 2002)


$334,276 (Europe) (11 October 2002)

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Azura Skye:  as Theresa, a tweeker. See more »


When listing the ingredients needed to manufacture methamphetamine, Tom/Danny states that match heads are needed for the red phosphorus - in fact, the phosphorus is located in the striking surface of the matchbooks. See more »


Al Garcetti: [slamming Danny against a car] You are nothing, piece of shit, you understand me? Nothing!
Danny: [wonderingly, after a pause] I never noticed your eyes were hazel.
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Crazy Credits

Credits end with this statement: If you or someone you know has a substance abuse problem, or to find out about treatment programs near you, call the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or to find out more about methamphetamine visit SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information's web site at www.health.org. See more »


References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Written by Hugo Ferreira, Matthew Taul, Jesse Vest and Todd Whitener
Performed by Tantric
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

A real classic
9 February 2004 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Although having seen this seemingly obscure movie for the first time a few months ago, I truly feel like it makes my Top 15 list. Val Kilmer is convincing as a tweaker and has a crew around him that is priceless for their absolute comedic value (of course this is all with their brains on chemical overload). Also, Vincent D'onofrio is brilliant as Pooh Bear (especially when you consider his Law & Order CI character "Goran").

I like this film becuase of the complexity of the story, the graphic and sobering nature of Danny Parker's drug culture and the intermittent comedic value with Pooh Bear, Kujo, Finn and Creeper.

A must see if you have the chance to find this hardly publicized film.

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