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Salton Sea (2002)

Director: D.J. Caruso     Starring: Vincent D'Onofrio Val Kilmer
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40171546
UPC: 085391888222
UPC 14: 00085391888222
Category Keywords: Drugs  Money  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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If you're looking for the truth you've come to the wrong place.
Snitch. Fiend. Addict. Thief. Danny parker is all these things. Or is he? Val kilmer plays a jazz musician who leads a double life in hopes of trapping the murderers of his wife in this edgy, high-style, neo-noir thriller packed with a rogues' gallery of dealers, drifters, double-crossers and good ol' boys.

" edgy, triple-twist neo-noir thriller with a brutally cynical sense of humor...  Joe Leydon, The San Francisco Examiner
"D'Onofrio is one the creepiest, most original villains to appear in recent films.  Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Editor's Note
Caught up in the permanent nighttime of the habitual methamphetamine user, Danny Parker (Val Kilmer) and his friends close the curtains so they can't tell what time of day it is. But while his associates revel in their highs, Danny is haunted by his previous life as Tom Van Allen, a trumpet player who lost his wife (Chandra West) in the crossfire of a shoot out. In an effort to find his wife's killer, Tom became a police informant, adopting a heavily-tattooed disguise. When he discovers that a Mexican drug lord has put a hit out on him, Danny decides to pull one last score--unfortunately involving Pooh-Bear (Vincent D'Onofrio), a childlike kingpin with a penchant for torture and a yawning void where his nose once was.

D.J. Caruso's debut is a beautifully photographed punk-noir set against the backdrop of a gang of speed freaks in contemporary L.A. Opening with a brief history of methamphetamine, THE SALTON SEA immediately establishes an original tone for its kaleidoscopic tour through well-traveled territory. Taking its cue from the wave of mid-1990s crime films, the script by Tony Gayton (MURDER BY NUMBERS) delivers the usual doses of hip "gallows" humor, but also infuses the proceedings with dollops of pain and loss, often shifting the tone to that of the more soulful, responsible crime films of the 1970s.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/7/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 18882
Video UPC UPC: 00085391888222
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adam Goldberg
Video Cast Info Anthony LaPaglia
Video Cast Info B.D. Wong
Video Cast Info Chandra West
Video Cast Info Deborah Unger
Video Cast Info Doug Hutchison
Video Cast Info Glenn Plummer
Video Cast Info Luis Guzman
Video Cast Info Peter Sarsgaard
Video Cast Info Val Kilmer
Video Cast Info Vincent D'Onofrio
Video Cast Info Gil Evans - Additional Music
Video Cast Info Amir M. Mokri - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info D.J. Caruso - Director
Video Cast Info Jim Page - Editor
Video Cast Info Jim Behnke - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Thomas Newman - Original Music
Video Cast Info Ken Aguado - Producer
Video Cast Info Butch Robinson - Producer
Video Cast Info Eriq La Salle - Producer
Video Cast Info Frank Darabont - Producer
Video Cast Info Tony Gayton - Writer

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...D'Onofrio creates a rock-the-house villain. He's the fire in the belly of this cool groove of a movie..." 05/09/2002 p.80

Box Office
"...It's a sharp movie..." 05/01/2002 p.57

Entertainment Weekly
"...Val Kilmer seems especially refreshed....D'Onofrio goes positively gaga as a monstrous, noseless meth boss who practically dares viewers to watch him..." 05/03/2002 p.63

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...THE SALTON SEA grabs us from the opening scenes....Gayton has penned a film noir narration that is unusually eloquent and includes touches of wicked humor..." 04/01/2002 p.40-1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...It contains elements of startling originality....D'Onofrio is a gifted actor....Endlessly, grotesquely, inventive..." 05/10/2002 p.31

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
The Salton Sea is dark, as befits its grim subject matter, but not unreasonably so. And it has a sense of humor, although only those with a penchant for warped jokes will absorb Caruso's stabs at comic relief. I would venture to say that most viewers who enjoyed Memento will appreciate what The Salton Sea has to offer. This thriller seems conventional until you start paying attention--and that's when the payoff occurs. - James Berardinelli

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