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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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Credited cast:
Sonny Bono ... Self (archive footage)
John Waters ... Narrator (voice)
Norm Niver Norm Niver ... Self
Petre Melvin Petre Melvin ... Self
Leonard Knight Leonard Knight ... Self
Bobbie Todhunter Bobbie Todhunter ... Self
Steve Horvitz Steve Horvitz ... Self
Lechon Rainey Lechon Rainey ... Self
Paul Clement Paul Clement ... Self
Manny Diaz Manny Diaz ... Self
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Harold Gaston Harold Gaston ... Self
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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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Truly Better Than Fiction
17 October 2005 | by thebookeySee all my reviews

Another example of how you just can't make this stuff up. Salton Sea provides fascinating insights into characters we don't get to interact with on a daily - or even lifetime - basis. Their struggles for a peaceful, healthy, rewarding lifestyle may mirror many others, but their circumstances are truly unique.

Living on an environmentally-challenged site that witnessed large-scale natural and unnatural alterations requires an unusual perspective. And that perspective is captured quite well in this film. Not something we're treated to on "extreme makeover" reality TV.

Plus, how can you not love the John Waters narration?


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

24 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Plagues & Pleasures: A Life at the Salton Sea See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,424, 26 February 2006

Gross USA:

$53,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,471
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Stereo (RCA Sound System)

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