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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Sonny Bono ... Himself (archive footage)
John Waters ... Narrator (voice)
Norm Niver Norm Niver ... Himself
Petre Melvin Petre Melvin ... Himself
Leonard Knight Leonard Knight ... Himself
Bobbie Todhunter Bobbie Todhunter ... Herself
Steve Horvitz Steve Horvitz ... Himself
Lechon Rainey Lechon Rainey ... Herself
Paul Clement Paul Clement ... Himself
Manny Diaz Manny Diaz ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Gaston Harold Gaston ... Himself
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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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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,424, 24 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,471, 30 December 2007
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Tilapia Film,Tilapia Corp. See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color
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Excellent
23 April 2005 | by dfgmooneySee all my reviews

An entertaining and informative portrait of the myriad troubles and the wacky wonder of the sea. I've been fascinated with the place for years and am impressed by the funny yet serious approach the filmmakers took to clearly explain the complex political and environmental issues. The often off the wall locals who have created their own paradise at this troubled sea were presented with respect and love. The amazing stock footage from the sea's glamorous past contrasted sadly with today's deserted towns and fish and bird die-offs. And the sound track rocked. May 7, 2005 is the sea's centennial. Without intervention, it can't last much longer. Plagues and Pleasures should be required viewing for all California politicians. And all viewers will enjoy the strange history and unexpected beauty of this accidental sea.


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