• My Own Private Idaho (1991)

My Own Private Idaho

Release Date: September 25th, 1991

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2005

R |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters (River Phoenix) is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves) is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

Cast: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Chiara Caselli, Michael Parker, Jessie Thomas

Director: Gus Van Sant

Genres: Drama

Production Co: New Line Cinema

Distributors: Fine Line Features

Keywords: Small town, Gritty, Growing up, Mother, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Beautifully wrought, darkly funny and finally devastating, My Own Private Idaho almost single-handedly revives the notion of personal filmmaking in the United States. [18 Oct 1991]

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    My Own Private Idaho achieves more than most movies dream of attempting. The Shakespearian allusions aside, Van Sant has essentially remade "Of Mice and Men" for the nineties, with Mike as the "mouse," Scott as the "man." It is the mouse who roars. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    There is no mechanical plot that has to grind to a Hollywood conclusion, and no contrived test for the heroes to pass; this is a movie about two particular young men, and how they pass their lives. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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