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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.

Director:

D.J. Caruso

Writer:

Tony Gayton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Danny Parker / Tom Van Allen
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Pooh-Bear
Adam Goldberg ... Kujo
Luis Guzmán ... Quincy
Doug Hutchison ... Gus Morgan
Anthony LaPaglia ... Al Garcetti
Glenn Plummer ... Bobby
Peter Sarsgaard ... Jimmy the Finn
Deborah Kara Unger ... Colette
Chandra West ... Liz
BD Wong ... Bubba
R. Lee Ermey ... Verne Plummer
Shalom Harlow ... Nancy
Shirley Knight ... Nancy Plummer
Meat Loaf ... Bo
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Although screenwriter Tony Gayton did not expect to sell the script, it ended up selling in three days after Gayton's agent David Saunders (APA) sent the script to original producer Ken Aguado. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Spartan (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Saeta
Written by Gil Evans
Performed by Terence Blanchard
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A Crystal Meth Film Noir
20 March 2004 | by Craig_McPhersonSee all my reviews

I avoided watching this film for quite some time after its release. In part this was because what little I knew about the story hit a little too close to home in terms of substance abuse problems, and equally so because I'd generally read negative reviews about how bleak, depressing and meandering it was.

Boy was I wrong. As it turns out this is a stylishly photographed, atmospheric little film noir set in the world of crystal meth junkies and hoods. Val Kilmer registers a most impressive performance as a musician turned junkie turned.... well, I won't give anything more away.

The film's story line just seems to flow out toward the viewer in a languishing, yet engrossing stream, sucking you along in its undertow. Couple that with enough plot twists to catch your interest and this film makes for a perfect evening of quiet movie watching over a bowl of popcorn.

Give this little gem a chance. Odds are you won't be disappointed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Salton Sea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,309, 28 April 2002

Gross USA:

$764,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,073,198
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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