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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Plummer


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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Aspect Ratio:

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Warner Brothers was not comfortable with the significant drug content and the John F. Kennedy assassination sequence, and initially wanted an edited version of the film for a wide theatrical release. The scenes remained, but the film then was only given a limited theatrical release. See more »


Morgan and Garcetti, as well as "Bubba" reference "Palmdale PD," when there is no such department; law enforcement for Palmdale along with the rest of the Antelope Valley is handled by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. See more »


Danny: For the people who don't do drugs, or just do them occasionally, it's something that becomes your life, and you belong. You finally hit bottom and you know who you are, because you can't go any lower. When you find... a friendship that you wouldn't have found anywhere else. Still and all, there's a kind of intimacy with those that can go the distance. Sometimes you see the world so clearly... and you know just what to do, and just when to do it. Just what you should've done, and when you ...
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Crazy Credits

The Producers wish to gratefully thank the Salton Sea Sector of the California State Parks for its cooperation. We encourage the support of this unique natural resource. See more »


Spoofs Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963) See more »


Silver Threads And Golden Needles
Written by Jack Rhodes and Dick Reynolds
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A true attention-getter of a film.
3 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Excellent adult thriller. Stylish, intense, funny and unexpectedly moving. Intricately plotted (it will always be one step ahead of you) and fluidly, inventively directed (including a unique twist on Eastwood's classic "Did I fire six bullets...or only five?" line). Well-acted, especially by Kilmer. The less you know about it beforehand the better, though, so I'll just add this: this film is not always pleasant to watch, but it has personality and will take you on quite a journey. Don't read about it, see it. (***)

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