My Own Private Idaho

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Overview

Gus Van Sant's dreamtime riff on Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Parts I and II" features River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a narcoleptic male hustler who is first seen drifting on a stretch of highway in Idaho. Mike shifts from Seattle to Portland, where he has taken up with Scott Favor Keanu Reeves, who is also a hustler. The difference between them is Mike's sleepy state betrays an uncertain future, while Scott is ready to inherit a fortune from his father within a week. Mike feels a real affection for Scott, but Scott ...
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Overview

Gus Van Sant's dreamtime riff on Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Parts I and II" features River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a narcoleptic male hustler who is first seen drifting on a stretch of highway in Idaho. Mike shifts from Seattle to Portland, where he has taken up with Scott Favor Keanu Reeves, who is also a hustler. The difference between them is Mike's sleepy state betrays an uncertain future, while Scott is ready to inherit a fortune from his father within a week. Mike feels a real affection for Scott, but Scott does not believe men can really love each other. Besides, Scott is mostly hustling as a means of slumming and killing time before he inherits his money. Mike, however, delusionally thinks Scott will continue with his life as a drifter after receiving his inheritance. Mike's belief is shared by the dregs of Portland, who live out of an abandoned hotel with their spiritual leader Bob film director William Richert. They're convinced Scott's fortune will benefit them all, when in reality Scott has other plans.
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Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Exclusive new audio interview with Gus Van Sant by filmmaker Todd Haynes; The Making of My Own Private Idaho; Kings of the Road; New video conversation between producer Laurie Parker and River Phoenix's sister Rain; New audio conversation between writer JT LeRoy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Gus Van Sant's third feature further established him as a spokesman not just for alienated gay men but also for disaffected youth in general. A harsh, beautiful, and fervently original portrait of alienation, betrayal, and unrequited love, My Own Private Idaho was one of the defining films of both Van Sant's career and the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s. While Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Van Sant's previous film, had focused on a group of people driven to society's fringes by their drug addiction, Idaho dramatizes a group of people driven to society's fringes by their sexuality. As in Cowboy, Van Sant refrains from grand pronouncements about the lifestyle of the social/sexual outlaw; and his focus on the relationship between River Phoenix's Mike and Keanu Reeves' Scott gives the film emotional resonance. Phoenix in particular is heartbreaking as the lovelorn, narcoleptic Mike, whose campfire-side declaration of love for Scott remains one of the most poignant and honest depictions of male-to-male longing ever captured onscreen. Phoenix's quiet, raw portrayal of the young hustler would be constantly referenced in tributes to the actor following his untimely death in 1993, and the close association seems fitting: with its bleak, dreamy ambience and mournful yet unsentimental story, My Own Private Idaho feels less like a narrative than like an elegy for the romantic aimlessness of youthful alienation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • UPC: 715515015929
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,126

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
River Phoenix Mike Waters
Keanu Reeves Scott Favor
James Russo Richard Waters
William Richert Bob Pigeon
Rodney Harvey Gary
Chiara Caselli Carmella
Jesse Thomas Denise
Flea Budd
Grace Zabriskie Alena
Pao Pei Andreoli Italian Street Boy
James A. Arling Minister
Paolo Baiocco Italian Street Boy
Mike Cascadden Cop
James Caviezel Airline Clerk
Ana Cavinato Stewardess
George Conner Bad George
Mickey Cottrell Daddy Carroll
Tom Cramer Coverboy
Sally Curtice Jane Lightwork
Missimo de Cataldo Italian Street Boy
Matt Ebert Coverboy
Robert Egon Italian Street Boy
Wade Evans Wade
Wally Gaarsland Rock Promoter
Scott Patrick Green Coverboy/Cafe Kid
Stanley Hainesworth Dirtman
Joshua Halladay Baby Mike
Eric Hull Mayor's Aide
Shawn Jones Cafe Kid
Shaun Jordan Cafe Kid
Udo Kier Hans
Oliver Kirk Indian Cop
Jesse Merz Mean Kid (uncredited)
Conrad "Bud" Montgomery Rock Promoter
Melanie Mosely Lounge Hostess
Greg Murphy Carl
Vana O'Brien Sharon Waters
Stephen Clark Pachosa Hotel Manager
Michael Parker Digger
Pat Patterson Cop
Robert Lee Pitchlynn Walt
David Reppinhagen Yuppie at Jake's
Mario Stracciarolo Mike's Italian Client
Lannie Swerdlow Disco Manager
Douglas Tollenen Little Richard
Tom Troupe Jack Favor
Steve Vernelson Cop
Tiger Warren Himself
Mark Weaver Rock Promoter
Brian Wilson Rock Promoter
Technical Credits
Gus Van Sant Director, Producer, Screenwriter
David Brisbin Production Designer
John J. Campbell Cinematographer
Curtiss Clayton Editor
Eric Alan Edwards Cinematographer
Ken Hardy Production Designer
Allan Mindel Co-producer
Laurie Parker Producer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Melissa Stewart Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- My Own Private Idaho, Disc 1 - the Film
1. Idaho [:12]
2. Seattle [5:24]
3. "Immaculate Perfection" [2:37]
4. Pretty Rich Girl [3:14]
5. "Some Hustler, Huh?" [3:26]
6. Porno-Mag Shop [2:32]
7. A German Guy Named Hans [1:52]
8. Portland [1:54]
9. Worst Date [2:40]
10. Bob Pigeon Returns [2:44]
11. A Crackpot Scheme [2:02]
12. "When I Turn Twenty-One..." [4:18]
13. Rock 'N' Roll Money [1:39]
14. The Mayor of Portland [2:46]
15. "Tell Us, Bob" [1:31]
16. The Sheriff Comes for Scott [5:20]
17. Favor for His Cousin [2:22]
18. To the Potato State [1:58]
19. Around the Campfire [2:00]
20. Not a Motorcycle Cop [4:26]
21. "Me, You, and Mom" [1:17]
22. The Family Tree [8:09]
23. Room Service [1:07]
24. Der Adler [:43]
25. "Some Business" [3:11]
26. "You Like Your Bike?" [:15]
27. Roma [1:25]
28. "Mom?" [1:38]
29. Carmella [4:09]
30. In Love With Scott [2:18]
31. Left Behind [1:52]
32. In Italian [1:38]
33. Back in Portland [1:44]
34. "Headlong Into His Inheritance" [2:59]
35. "I Don't Know You, Old Man" [1:18]
36. Death From a Broken Heart [2:20]
37. Two Funerals [1:39]
38. "A Connoisseur of Roads" [2:35]
39. End Credits [3:47]
40. Color Bars [4:40]
Side #2 -- My Own Private Idaho, Disc 2 - the Supplements
1. Barn Crash [5:22]
2. Long-Term Project [4:36]
3. Third and Taylor [2:00]
4. Dream Cast [6:19]
5. Two DPs [3:33]
6. Fucked-Up Face [1:33]
7. Crew Sizes [5:30]
8. A Landmark Movie [:51]
9. Researching Their Roles [11:09]
10. William Richert [2:31]
11. Real Mike and Scott [2:11]
12. At Gus's House [2:40]
13. Blocking Scenes [15:32]
14. Gay Character [4:55]
15. Campfire Scene [4:14]
16. Breakout Scene [4:01]
17. Director's Expectations [3:06]
18. Scraps of Paper [4:18]
19. A Natural Performer [3:33]
20. River's Costumes and Hair [2:43]
21. Brother/Father [2:26]
22. Udo's Cabaret Act [2:37]
23. Mickey Cottrell [1:43]
24. Stereotypes [1:39]
25. The Simpsons [:31]
26. Music [5:30]
27. The Ending [3:54]
28. After Idaho [2:00]
29. Venice Film Festival [1:37]
30. Good Business Model [1:05]
31. Gay Kids [3:44]
32. Idaho Stands Out [2:15]
33. A Dedication [4:33]
1. Before Idaho [3:03]
2. Scripting Life on the Street [6:01]
3. Working With Gus [10:14]
4. Conventions of Idaho [9:03]
5. Working With River [4:42]
6. Shooting Intimate Scenes [3:46]
7. Trust in the Unknown [5:28]
1. Road Movies and the Western [5:31]
2. Male Identity [3:00]
3. Shakespeare's Henriad [4:10]
4. Van Sant's Cultural Baggage [3:00]
5. The Campfire Scene [3:05]
6. Between Two Worlds [1:57]
7. Calculated Transition [4:51]
8. Shakespeare's Subversive Edge [5:16]
9. A Film of Starts and Stops [5:09]
10. Van Sant Outs Falstaff [4:36]
11. Dance of Rebellion and Submission [3:35]
1. Play All [3:03]
2. Barn Crash With Scratch [6:01]
3. Scene #1 [10:14]
4. Scene #2 [9:03]
5. Scene #3 [4:42]
6. Scene #4 [3:46]
7. Scene #5 [5:28]
8. Scene #6 [:00]
1. First Impressions [6:40]
2. Tricks [2:05]
3. Super-8 [2:05]
4. Gutter Punks [1:46]
5. Streetwise and Strozsek [2:37]
6. Drugs and Time [3:52]
7. Seattle Vs. Portland [4:30]
8. In the Governor [2:49]
9. Sharks and Dolphins [7:03]
10. Shakespeare Stuff [2:00]
11. Cops [1:11]
12. Narcolepsy [4:42]
13. "Everybody was Naked" [3:30]
14. Family Portraits [2:56]
15. Audience Reaction [2:10]
16. Pimps in Hollywood [3:10]
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Menu

Side #1 -- My Own Private Idaho, Disc 1 - the Film
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Trailer
   Audio Options
      Dolby Digital 2.0
      Dolby Digital 5.1
Side #2 -- My Own Private Idaho, Disc 2 - the Supplements
   Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes
      Play
   The Making of My Own Private Idaho
      Play
      Index
   Kings of the Road
      Play
      Index
   Laurie Parker and Rain Phoenix
      Play
   Deleted Scenes
   JT LeRoy and Jonathan Caouette
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic.

    This movie shows the greatness that River Phoenix would have been.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Amazing story of an often purposely forgotten world.  Heart brea

    Amazing story of an often purposely forgotten world.  Heart breaking love story.  I can't even begin to imagine what else River Phoenix would have been able to accomplish with his career.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Private Idaho

    A tale of love and betrayal street life and wayward young. Captivingly erotic.

    River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star as two youths from very difference socio-economic background. Mike Waters (River) is a young street hustler and Scot Favor (Keanu) is the son of the mayor of Portland. They share many adventures together roaming the back alley life of Portland. One day, Scot Favor(Keanu) decides to end his wild lifestyle and become a gentleman once his father dies and leaves him a fortune. He denounces his street friends leaving Mike to continue his seedy lifestyle alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most wonderful film ever created.

    This movie is beyond words. It has moved me so much, I feel so connected to it. All I can say is, River is amazing, Gus is amazing, Keanu is amazing. The movie is amazing. I recommend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best movie of all times

    This movie is a great tear jerker, it's one of those films where you think my life isn't that bad. I thought the film was magnificent. River Phoenix did a wonderful job as Mike Waters. It was the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Magic of River Phoenix/Keanu Reeves is the perfect chemistry.

    River Phoenix is so greatly missed. The chemistry between Phoenix/Reeves is beyond amazement under the direction of Van Sant. This drama is very multi layered film with a heart felt ending that will leave you in tears. River will always be in our hearts as a truly gifted actor that will go on from generation to generations. God Bless You.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best movie about Idaho since Spaceballs

    This movie changed my life when I purchased it by increasing my DVD collection to over 53 DVD's. The movie is a capitvating portrayal of life in Idaho. As an Idahoan myself I could really relate to the amount of potatoes the lead characters Rocky and Bullwinkle ate. That is about all you do in Idaho is eat Idaho potatoes some of the rebels eat Russet. I'm sorry but I digress, the best part of the movie is when River Pheonix's character does to many drugs and gets what is coming to him-death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A River Runs Through It

    Gus Van Sant's masterpiece My Own Private Idaho is visually stunning. His use of powerful imagery coupled with great acting performances by both Phoenix and Reeves brings a mythical feeling to the audience's viewing experiences. Van Sant's stark adaptation of Shakespeares Henry IV part I and II is an interesting one that keeps you involved throughout. The late River Phoenix in his narcoleptic role of Mike Waters is what holds the films major strength. My Own Private Idaho is not only worth watching but worth purchasing as well. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All time worst movie ever

    From the very beginning of the film, which by the way, should shock anyone, to the rolling of the final credits, I was searching for anything good in this movie. Dozens of times I was tempted to leave, but kept hoping for something good. Even attempted to retrieve my monies from the management. I do however savor this movie in one regard. I use it to compare to every other movie I watch now, fairly confident that whatever is currently on the screen, has got to be better than, My Own Private Idaho.

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    Posted December 11, 2010

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    Posted October 27, 2009

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