My Own Private Idaho (1991) Poster


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Edited into 

The Phoenix Portal (2005) (Video)


The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
The German text recited by Hans during his hotel room performance is taken directly from the journal of Dr. Mabuse read by Prof. Baum in his study.
Rio Bravo (1959)
Richard tells Mike about how his mother shot a man during a screening of this film.
North by Northwest (1959)
The opening scene mimics the moments before Hitchcock's infamous crop duster scene.
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
The "Scott and Bob" subplot is an Oregon retelling of "Hal and Falstaff"'s story, with several visual references to Orson Welles' interpretation.
Idaho Transfer (1973)
The final scene in the film, made a little more benign--and on an Idaho road.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
On the rooftop when Mike is waking up and Bob is returning to the city with Budd, Matt Dillon's voice from this movie can be heard on a television in the distance.

Referenced in 

Drexell's Class: My Own Private Iowa (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Critic: The Pilot (1994) (TV Episode)
Jay wears a "My Own Private Idaho" t-shirt
At the Movies: Maverick/Trading Mom/The Return of Jafar/Widows' Peak/Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" review.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Violent Years (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Mike's one-man Keanu Reeves show
Sebastian (1995)
Poster on a wall
Saturday Night Live: Quentin Tarantino/Smashing Pumpkins (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Directors on Directing
Thesis (1996)
Poster in Angela's bedroom.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
Servo: Keanu Reeves in My Own Private Airfield.
This Road Will Never End (1996) (Short)
Includes clips and discusses making of
Alive and Kicking (1996)
Movie poster shown on wall during argument
At the Movies: Absolute Power/That Darn Cat/Fools Rush In/Johns (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Johns" review.
Made in Hong Kong (1997)
The poster is shown hanging in Ping's room.
Our Private Idaho (1998) (Short)
title reference
Bad Company (1999)
The Directors: The Films of Lawrence Kasdan (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kasdan.
Rescued from the Closet (2001) (Video)
King of the Hill: My Own Private Rodeo (2002) (TV Episode)
Episode title
My Own Private Oshawa (2002) (TV Special)
Title reference.
Tarnation (2003)
Filmography: Keanu Reeves (2005) (TV Episode)
Shows clips with Keanu Reeves.
Lost: Dave (2006) (TV Episode)
Sawyer references by name
City Walls: My Own Private Teheran (2006)
title reference
Shortbus (2006)
James mentions it.
My Own Private Belly Dancer (2007) (Short)
title reference
My Own Private Lower Post (2008) (Short)
title reference
Entourage: Return to Queens Blvd (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Turtle
At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in a review of Milk as another movie on which Gus van Sant has worked.
Bollywood Hero: Episode #1.1 (2009) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Keanu Reeves' speech
Aaron Stone: My Own Private Superhero (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference/pun.
Supernatural: Dark Side of the Moon (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Ash
Brows Held High: Gerry (2011) (TV Episode)
another film by Gus Van Sant
Brows Held High: The Doom Generation (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned among New Queer Cinema movies
Autopsy: The Last Hours of: River Phoenix (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator.
Cinemadonna: Filth and Wisdom (2016) (TV Episode)
poster shown
Scream Queens: Warts and All (2016) (TV Episode)
A website named OurOwnPrivateIdaville.com is mentioned.
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Reunion (2017) (TV Episode)
Poster seen outside video store.
Eastsiders: Our Own Private Idaho (2017) (TV Episode)
Title reference.


The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1990) (TV Episode)
Mike is watching the "Bad Dream House" segment of this episode on TV

Featured in 

Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) (TV Movie)
a clip from this film is shown
The Making of My Own Private Idaho (2005) (Video)
Clips shown
Kings of the Road (2005) (Video)
Clips shown
The Bubble (2006)
Poster on the wall
Wanderlust (2006) (TV Movie)
A clip featuring Mike Waters is shown.
Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007)
features a clip of the film
20 to 1: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on River Phoenix.
Brows Held High: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (2012) (TV Episode)
Van Sant's third film
Too Young to Die: River Phoenix, der scheue Star (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage use. 1991, Director: Gus Van Sant. Udo Kier and William Richert talk that time.
Autopsy: The Last Hours of: River Phoenix (2014) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)
Clips shown.
Flat Earth & Revelation 10: Reach the Oxygen (2016) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies You Didn't Know Borrowed from Shakespeare (2016) (TV Episode)
My Own Private Idaho, which borrowed from "Henry IV", is #6.

Spoofed in 

Neighbours: My Own Private Eye to Hoe (2006) (TV Episode)
title spoof

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