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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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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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Production Co:

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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a strangely relevant and quirky film - well worth watching
18 May 2005 | by danny_bigmouthSee all my reviews

I've watched the Salton Sea doc twice. I enjoyed it on several different levels. It was an eerie and exceptional sociological document. It illuminated a quirky, interesting and little known part of California history. And it was timely as far as the decline (and the 'fashion') of support for environmental issues. The film resonated with me for several days after viewing. That's more than I can say for most. This is a unique and interesting film. A strange testament to the highs and lows of development, and the fighting fringey independent spirit of desert culture - it enhanced my perspective on the people of the region. It's well worth watching.


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