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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | | Drama | 20 July 1991 (Japan)
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Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

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Gus Van Sant

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Gus Van Sant (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
River Phoenix ... Mike Waters
Keanu Reeves ... Scott Favor
James Russo ... Richard Waters
William Richert ... Bob Pigeon
Rodney Harvey ... Gary
Chiara Caselli ... Carmella
Michael Parker Michael Parker ... Digger
Jessie Thomas Jessie Thomas ... Denise
Flea ... Budd
Grace Zabriskie ... Alena
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Jack Favor
Udo Kier ... Hans
Sally Curtice Sally Curtice ... Jane Lightwork
Robert Lee Pitchlynn Robert Lee Pitchlynn ... Walt
Mickey Cottrell ... Daddy Carroll
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Storyline

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for strong sensuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Italian | German

Release Date:

20 July 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caminho de Idaho See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,401,336

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,401,336
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Because River Phoenix's agent refused to show him the film treatment for "My Own Private Idaho", in late 1990 Keanu Reeves rode his motorcycle from Canada to Phoenix's hometown of Gainesville, Florida to hand deliver it himself. See more »

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When Bob approaches Scott in the bar near the end of the film, two marks of black gaffer tape can be seen on the floor. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mike Waters: I'm a connoisseur of roads. I've been tasting roads my whole life. This road will never end. It probably goes all around the world.
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Referenced in Our Private Idaho (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Eyes
Music Composed by Elton John
Lyrics by Gary Osborne
Performed by Elton John
Courtesy of Geffen Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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inspiring in a subtle realistic way
30 November 2004 | by tiki_la_bongoSee all my reviews

In my opinion, My own Private Idaho was fantastic. The use and imagery of roads was beautiful and River Phoenix's modern-day philosophy applied to modern day life. Because of course, he is a connoisseur of roads and it is ironic that in River Phoenix's lifetime he has moved from place to place; eg, from begging in south America to living the high life in l.a. I disagree with others saying it is a loose half way film. It is purely poetic and although it is about prostitution, River's characters love for his friends and life even though he is narcoleptic. In the future i would like to see another film prove poetic justice to our society in such a way that this film has.


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