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Bombay Beach -- A documentary-record-cum-drama with dreamlike musical elements describing a small community on the fringes of the lost American dream, and the dreamers who populate its surreal and poetic landscape.

Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a beautiful vacation destination for the privileged and is now a pool of dead fish.

The narratives are interspersed with choreographed dance sequences in which the protagonists dance – to music specially composed for the film by Zach Condon of the band Beirut and songs by Bob Dylan. 

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14 October 2011 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Alma Har'el 
Produced by
Alma Har'el .... producer
Rafael Marmor .... associate producer
Boaz Yakin .... executive producer
Boaz Yakin .... producer
Original Music by
Zach Condon 
Cinematography by
Alma Har'el 
Film Editing by
Alma Har'el 
Joe Lindquist 
Sound Department
Dror Mohar .... sound designer
Dror Mohar .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthias Koenigswieser .... additional photography
Editorial Department
Alex Hulsey .... post production supervisor
Michael Lafuente .... digital intermediate technical director
Beau Leon .... colorist
Clark Andrew Vogeler .... additional editor
Terry Yates .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jordan Calig .... post production audio engineer
Other crew
Paula Present .... choreographer
Travis Baker .... special thanks
Bob Dylan .... special thanks
Werner Herzog .... special thanks
Chris Innis .... special thanks
Bob Murawski .... special thanks
Brian Perkins .... special thanks
Andrew Spieler .... special thanks
Richard Tanne .... special thanks
Christina E. Wasell .... special thanks


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80 min

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I eventually bailed on this one...., 23 August 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I have reviewed a ton of films...more than anyone else so far on IMDb. So I obviously love movies...all sorts of movies. And, with nearly 20,000 reviews I am going to admit something I've almost never done...I bailed on this movie and never finished it because I simply was having a miserable time watching "Bombay Beach"...a documentary about three very different sorts of poor people living in a hellish moribund town along the banks of the dying Salton Sea in Southern California.

Now a documentary about the Salton Sea can be very interesting...and I've seen one that kept my interest. After all, an ENORMOUS lake was formed in the middle of the desert and became a paradise, of sorts, for several decades. Folks flocked here because of the beachside communities and there was a tremendous land boom in the 1950s. But over the years, the salt level of the water has continued to increase to the point that many of the fish species have been wiped out and the once terrific place is now a smelly dead zone. This is very fascinating. But the makers of Bombay Beach have chosen instead NOT to tell the story of this area but instead focus on three trashy sorts of guys....and therein lies the problems. Listening to a crazy old guy rant and rave or a high school student talking about scoring with girls or an emotionally disturbed little boy from a bizarre family simply isn't's just sad. It's also about as enjoyable as chewing on an electric cord that IS plugged in...that's what I felt about this meandering and often annoying film. To make it worse, sometimes the cinematography was fuzzy...making it annoying AND tough on the eyes. No thank you.

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