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Release Date: April 19, 2002

Starring: Val Kilmer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzman, Anthony LaPaglia, Deborah Unger, and Chandra West

Genre: Film Noir/Thriller

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 120 minutes

Address Comments To:

Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros., Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(H, PaPaPa, B, LLL, VVV, S, AA, DDD, MM) Undeveloped humanist worldview with strong pagan behavior by the characters, some of it rebuked, plus a sense of moral justice that is spoiled, however, by a scene of angry violent revenge; 89 mostly strong obscenities and 20 mostly strong profanities; very strong, sometimes gruesome, violence, including bloody shootouts, birds slaughtered and people viciously threatened; implied fornication; no nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and raw depictions of drug use, including shooting up with speed and cocaine; and, miscellaneous immorality such as corruption and revenge not rebuked.


Summary:

THE SALTON SEA is a moody, dark thriller starring Val Kilmer as a speed freak with a secret, who gets involved with a nasty hillbilly gangster with no nose, two crooked cops and the FBI. A moody, often funny thriller with another excellent performance by Val Kilmer, THE SALTON SEA contains excessive scenes of violence, drug abuse and revenge.


Review:

THE SALTON SEA is a moody, dark thriller starring Val Kilmer as a speed freak with a secret who gets involved with a nasty hillbilly gangster with no nose, two crooked cops and the FBI. Kilmer plays Danny Parker, a speed freak who was once a talented horn player named Tom Van Allen. Tom has a secret, tragic past that leads him to run around with a group of like-minded speed freaks. Danny/Tom also has a secret agenda, however, that puts him into violent conflict with a violent, heavyset drug dealer named Pooh Bear and two crooked cops. Toward the end, the FBI also gets involved.
A moody, often funny thriller, with another excellent performance by Val Kilmer, THE SALTON SEA contains excessive scenes of violence, drug abuse and revenge. Although Kilmer’s character is on a mission of justice, his mission becomes one of pure violent revenge toward the very end of the picture. Also, Vincent D’Onofrio as Pooh Bear plays one of those nightmarish, evil characters that Hollywood seems to enjoy glorifying in a back-handed way, much like Hannibal the Cannibal in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® cannot really recommend this movie to anyone.


In Brief:

THE SALTON SEA is a moody, dark thriller starring Val Kilmer as a speed freak with a secret, who gets involved with a nasty hillbilly gangster with no nose, two crooked cops and the FBI. Kilmer plays Danny Parker, a speed freak who was once a talented horn player named Tom Van Allen. Tom has a secret, tragic past that leads him to run around with a group of like-minded speed freaks. Danny/Tom also has a secret agenda, however, that puts him into violent conflict with a violent, heavyset drug dealer named Pooh Bear and two crooked cops. Toward the end, the FBI also gets involved.
A moody, often funny thriller, with another excellent performance by Val Kilmer, THE SALTON SEA contains excessive scenes of violence, drug abuse and revenge. Although Kilmer’s character is on a mission of justice, his mission becomes one of pure violent revenge toward the very end. Also, Vincent D’Onofrio as Pooh Bear plays one of those nightmarish, evil characters that Hollywood seems to enjoy glorifying in a back-handed way, much like Hannibal the Cannibal in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® cannot really recommend this movie to anyone