The Salton Sea

Release Date: April 26, 2002
Pushed back from April 19, 2002
Limited release

Salton Sea

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What is the Salton Sea? A Google search reveals the following about this lake near San Diego: "Some people believe the water is clean and safe, while others think it is a cesspool of sewage and other pollutants." You can almost smell the noir, can't you?

Sure enough, The Salton Sea is a crime thriller starring Val Kilmer as a man who is too frozen with fear to act as someone kills his wife. Desperate to prove himself to not be a coward, this man enters the drug world to avenge her death. In the process, he encounters a group of people who are never what they seem, as he begins to become involved with a new woman, played by The Game's Debra Unger, whose current boyfriend beats her on a regular basis. He also meets undercover narcs who aren't exactly a great reflection on their police department, and he keeps bumping into the vicious Pooh Bear, played by Men in Black's main villain, Vincent D'Onofrio. The film looks to be a dark exploration of the themes of cowardice and redemption and as such, looks to have somewhat limited box office potential. (David Mumpower/BOP)

November 8, 2002
The film was moved up two weeks. It had previously been pushed back from December 25, 2001.

January 17, 2002
The Salton Sea continues to be bumped around the schedule. Originally slated as a Christmas 2001 release, it was then moved to March 15, 2002 and later bumped up to the first of that month. Now it is scheduled for April 19th.

February 21, 2002
Schedule changes are starting to become almost a monthly routine for this film. It has been bumped one more week back. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Salton Sea
Main Cast Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg
Supporting Cast Luis Guzman, Doug Hutchison, Anthony LaPaglia, Glenn Plummer, Peter Sarsgaard
Director D.J. Caruso
Screenwriter Tony Gayton
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 103 minutes
Screen Count 30
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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Usual Suspects, The 9/15/953.02 4.18 874 3455.00 4606.7 23.16 32.10 4.56
Memento 5/4/011.22 1.30 445 2733.00 2805.6 25.93 27.67 13.56



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