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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 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]

  • 50
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    This is all very strange and a little tedious. Yet there is something arresting and oddly poignant in Mr. Van Sant's playful vision of the road to nowhere. [3 Oct 1991, p.A14(E)]

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