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The Salton Sea (2002)

After a tragic incident, 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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

Before Morgan pulls the trigger on the empty revolver, Danny has a fuzzy flashback in which he can't remember if the gun dealer said whether it was an 8 or 9 shot revolver. Smith & Wesson does not, nor have they ever made, a 9 shot .357 magnum revolver. See more »

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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 »

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Danny: [knocking on the door] Hey... you left some Chinese-lookin' shit out here.
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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 Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Man Overboard
Written by Thomas DeLonge (as Tom DeLonge) and Mark Hoppus
Performed by Blink 182
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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