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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:
... Danny Parker / Tom Van Allen
... Pooh-Bear
... Kujo
... Quincy
... Gus Morgan
... Al Garcetti
... Bobby
... Jimmy the Finn
... Colette
... Liz
... Bubba
... Verne Plummer
... Nancy
... Nancy Plummer
... Bo
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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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21 June 2002 (Ireland)  »

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Salton Sea  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,309, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$764,554, 16 June 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

R. Lee Ermey, Shirley Knight: as the parents of Tom's late wife. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[pointing a speargun at Danny and Jimmy]
Bobby: Did you bring the plastic men?
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Brand New Wagon
Written by Count Basie and Jimmy Rushing
Performed by Count Basie
Courtesy of The RCA Music Group, a unit of BMG Entertainment
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An Underrated, Dark Sea Of Mystery!
5 November 2009 | by 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.

7/10


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