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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 ... 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
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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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USA

Language:

English

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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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Stereo (RCA Sound System)

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Fascinating look at the rise, fall and current conditions of the Salton Sea
12 January 2005 | by morganpollakSee all my reviews

This documentary follows the tragic yet beautiful life and death of the once populated Salton Sea told primarily through the people who know it best, its current residents. Interviewing the strange cast of eccentrics and exploring their lifestyles gives us a rich depiction of what life is like for the people who call this area home. Also explored is the state of the sea, its chances for repair and consequences if left neglected. This fascinating story combined with humorous, yet sad descriptions and nostalgic recollections paints a vivid picture of a community that constantly faces great transformation. With creative storytelling and lively interviews this documentary illustrates a genuinely strange and beautiful land that may fade away within the next decade.


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