Almost Salinas

Year: 2001
Production Co: Strata Productions
Director: Terry Green
Writer: Terry Green
Cast: John Mahoney, Virginia Madsen
Sometimes a movie with no pretension comes out of nowhere, without any desperate film student cool and without resorting to nudity, profanity, bloodshed or arbitrary shocks.

That's how Almost Salinas sneaks up on you. It looks at the inhabitants of a flyspeck township down the highway from the site of James Dean's fatal car accident.

When a Hollywood film crew making a Dean biopic and a magazine writer after a human interest story both converge, everyone's lives are shaken up. Home-baked drama and clean, honest acting engage you the whole time, and while it's a bit of a midday TV movie, you can spend a much worse 90 minutes watching a film.

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