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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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If You're Looking For The Truth, You've Come To The Wrong Place.


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

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17 May 2002 (USA)  »

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Salton Sea  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$334,276 (Europe) (11 October 2002)
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In order to prepare for his role, Doug Hutchison spent a month with real narcotics officers and accompanied them on drug busts. See more »

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When the 357 Mag revolver is taped under the table, some shots reveal that it does not have any ammo in it. See more »

Quotes

Danny: So that's where I found myself. No, I should choose my words more wisely. This is the world I sought out. The land of the perpetual night party. Day swallowing night and night swallowing day. The crank compressing time like some divine piston on its awesome downstroke. We've been at this for three days... or is it four? Tweakers, lokers, slammers, coming and going, swearing eternal allegiance and undying love for one another, only to wake up after the binge and realize you wouldn't walk across ...
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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 »

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References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

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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 decent mystery, darkish thriller, some noir, drugs, love lost, and cops...
25 January 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Salton Sea is an interesting film. It is a film that looks initially to be about drugs and the people who take them. Val Kilmer is in the lead role as a tweaker of crystal meth, and other substances, as well as a quite good sounding trumpet player. He begins by telling the viewer, via narration, explaining that he does not know who he really is and asks you to decide as we wind back through a recent period of his life to see how he came to where we first meet him.

The movie gets its title from a key event to the film occurred at the Salton Sea and Kilmer's character has a huge tattoo in memory of this.

What unravels is an intricate mystery that holds the viewers' attention but only just. The story is quite good but it is not in your face as one might expect a film of this acting calibre. It sunk at the cinema but maybe due to its art-house feel and advertising did not communicate this.

Vincent D'Onofrio is nearly unrecognizably as unpredictable drug dealer Pooh Bear, named as such because of his flat nose, and Danny Trejo is here as one of his scary henchmen.

If you are looking for a decent mystery, darkish thriller, some noir, drugs, love lost, and cops, then you could not go far wrong renting The Salton Sea.


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