Salton Sea

Directed By: D.J. Caruso Starring: Vincent D'Onofrio Val Kilmer

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Amazing acting on Val Kilmer's part - and honestly I don't normally think he is amazing. The movie takes you through his life and struggles. I would have to say this plot kept me on the edge. Yes, its edgy and dark.

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by TheBlueKat on 10/9/2002

Amazing acting on Val Kilmer's part - and honestly I don't normally think he is amazing. The movie takes you through his life and struggles. I would have to say this plot kept me on the edge. Yes, its edgy and dark.

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 40171546
UPC 085391888222
UPC 14 00085391888222
Format DVD
Release Date 9/7/2004
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Editors Note
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.
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
D.J. Caruso
Vincent D'Onofrio
Val Kilmer
Cast & Crew
Adam Goldberg - Actor
Anthony LaPaglia - Actor
B.D. Wong - Actor
Chandra West - Actor
Deborah Unger - Actor
Doug Hutchison - Actor
Glenn Plummer - Actor
Luis Guzman - Actor
Peter Sarsgaard - Actor
Val Kilmer - Actor
Vincent D'Onofrio - Actor
Gil Evans - Additional Music
Amir M. Mokri - Cinematographer
D.J. Caruso - Director
Jim Page - Editor
Jim Behnke - Executive Producer
Thomas Newman - Original Music
Ken Aguado - Producer
Butch Robinson - Producer
Eriq La Salle - Producer
Frank Darabont - Producer
Tony Gayton - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 18882
UPC 00085391888222
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Joe Leydon, The San Francisco Examiner edgy, triple-twist neo-noir thriller with a brutally cynical sense of humor...
Stephen Holden, The New York Times D'Onofrio is one the creepiest, most original villains to appear in recent films.

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