The Salton Sea

June 21st, 2002


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Still of Val Kilmer, Adam Goldberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Ricky Trammell in The Salton SeaStill of Val Kilmer and Chandra West in The Salton SeaStill of Val Kilmer in The Salton SeaDanny (Val Kilmer) and Jimmy the Fin (Peter Sarsgaard) emerge from the party house in search of more drugs.Danny Parker (Val Kilmer) at the tweaker party.Danny (Val Kilmer) meets cops Garcetti (Anthony LaPaglia) and Morgan (Doug Hutchison) in a church.

After his wife is murdered, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.1/10 (19,618 voted)

Critic's Score: 41/100

Director: D.J. Caruso

Stars: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear.

Val Kilmer - Danny Parker / Tom Van Allen
Vincent D'Onofrio - Pooh-Bear
Adam Goldberg - Kujo
Luis Guzmán - Quincy
Doug Hutchison - Gus Morgan
Anthony LaPaglia - Al Garcetti
Glenn Plummer - Bobby
Peter Sarsgaard - Jimmy the Finn
Deborah Kara Unger - Colette
Chandra West - Liz
BD Wong - Bubba
R. Lee Ermey - Verne Plummer
Shalom Harlow - Nancy
Shirley Knight - Nancy Plummer
Meat Loaf - Bo

Taglines: If You're Looking For The Truth, You've Come To The Wrong Place.


Official Website: Warner Bros. [Canada] | Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 21 June 2002

Filming Locations: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $166,309 (USA) (28 April 2002) (15 Screens)

Gross: $764,554 (USA) (16 June 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Val Kilmer researched his role by spending time with drug abusers in Riverside and the greater Los Angeles area.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When listing the ingredients needed to manufacture methamphetamine, Tom/Danny states that match heads are needed for the red phosphorus - in fact, the phosphorus is located in the striking surface of the matchbooks.

Bobby: Excuse me. I don't mean to impose, but I am the Ocean.

User Review

A Crystal Meth Film Noir


I avoided watching this film for quite some time after its release. In part this was because what little I knew about the story hit a little too close to home in terms of substance abuse problems, and equally so because I'd generally read negative reviews about how bleak, depressing and meandering it was.

Boy was I wrong. As it turns out this is a stylishly photographed, atmospheric little film noir set in the world of crystal meth junkies and hoods. Val Kilmer registers a most impressive performance as a musician turned junkie turned.... well, I won't give anything more away.

The film's story line just seems to flow out toward the viewer in a languishing, yet engrossing stream, sucking you along in its undertow. Couple that with enough plot twists to catch your interest and this film makes for a perfect evening of quiet movie watching over a bowl of popcorn.

Give this little gem a chance. Odds are you won't be disappointed.