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The Salton Sea (2002)

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After a tragic incident, 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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If You're Looking For The Truth, You've Come To The Wrong Place.

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)


$676,698 (USA) (7 June 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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: Oh, shit, what is this? Am I dead? Linoleum? This must be hell. Oh no, what a cliche. I've had some time to think about it and it's pretty simple after all. I think it's like the man said, "Man is the measure of all things." I should know. I ran the gamut. Tom Van Allen got his revenge. Good for Tom. And Danny Parker? He got gut-shot for being a lowlife rat. That sucks for him. As far I'm concerned, they're both dead. So who is this guy? Tell you the truth, I still don't know. But I like his ...
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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 Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


Let's Dance
Written by Fanny Baldridge (as Fanny May Baldridge), Josef Bonime and Gregory Stone
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

An Underrated, Dark Sea Of Mystery!
5 November 2009 | by (your daughters bedroom) – See all my reviews

*Very Minor, Undetailed Plot Spoiler Warning*

Director D.J. Caruso has run into decent fame as of late after directing Eagle Eye, (Which I thought was pretty terrible by the way.), and the very popular Disturbia, (Which is basically a reversion of Hitchcock's classic thriller Rear Window.). However, I believe that he should be most recognized for this little gem of a film from his more distant past, 2002's The Salton Sea.

One of the greatest things about The Salton Sea is that it unravels in very unexpected ways. Wrapping up the viewer in some dark unknown mystery, that piece by piece becomes clearer and clearer as the intriguingly masked plot unfolds into a tale of drugs, dirty law enforcement, love and revenge. From the visuals, to the dialogue, from the acting, to the delivery, The Salton Sea really is a gritty, enjoyable, and somewhat unique piece of work.

Don't even bother with the plot hole scenarios that some people are conjuring up out of the thin air resting between their ears. The truth is that they just didn't pay enough attention to the details while watching this underrated little diamond in the rough. If you like dark, gritty mysteries, take your mind for a dive into The Salton Sea.


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