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Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 February 2006 (USA)
Renowned cult film director John Waters narrates this quirky exploration of the Salton Sea, the massive Southern California lake that was created by accident a century ago, became a popular... See full summary »

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Renowned cult film director John Waters narrates this quirky exploration of the Salton Sea, the massive Southern California lake that was created by accident a century ago, became a popular desert resort and has since developed into a refuge for a community of oddballs. Written by Anonymous

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In the middle of a harsh desert valley sits the bizarre Salton Sea.

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$4,424 (USA) (24 February 2006)

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$53,471 (USA) (30 December 2007)
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A good choice for fans of historical documentaries, too.
30 April 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Plagues & Pleasures is a top-notch social documentary with a cast of characters (and I mean characters) that will certainly keep movie-goers amused and engaged. But there is a substantial historical component to the film that hipper fans of historical docs will be drawn to, too. The Salton Sea itself was created by man by mistake, and evolved -- indeed, continues to evolve -- unlike any other conventional place. In fact, I could not help but think that this movie was recording the progress of some twisted, super-sized laboratory experiment that used real people, instead of mice. Trust me, this all makes for fascinating history. I highly recommend this film.


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