Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower living in the desert on a nuclear testing site. Living as a hermit, he waits for ... See full summary »
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
The time-lapse footage is meant to represent the dreams and flashbacks of River Phoenix' character during his narcoleptic episodes. The old super-8 footage was written into the script, but the time-lapse footage of nature was not. Cinematographer Eric Alan Edwards shot it himself using unused film left over from the day's shooting. Gus Van Sant didn't learn about it, until production was nearly complete. See more »
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 »
I am so lucky, i was born on April 4th 1944, thats 4.4.44, if you add that up it comes to 16: 1-6, one plus six is seven: luckiest number of all.
You know your Math.
It's more than math Mike, it's... imaculate perfection!
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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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