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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R  |   |  Drama  |  29 September 1991 (USA)
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Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

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Surreal character study focusing on the friendship between two male hustlers, Mike and Scott, in Portland, Oregon. They live on the streets, do drugs, and sell themselves to men and women. Mike is quiet, gay and suffers from narcolepsy. Abandoned as a child, he is obsessed with finding his long-lost mother. Scott is the rebellious son of a high-ranking family, who lives this life mostly to embarrass his father. Mike is in love with Scott, who still maintains he is straight and insists that his wild lifestyle on the streets is only temporary. Together, they embark on a quest to find Mike's mother, traveling from Portland to Idaho to Italy, with Scott picking up a beautiful girl along the way. Written by Anonymous

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This road will never end. It probably goes all around the world. See more »

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Rated R for strong sensuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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29 September 1991 (USA)  »

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A Caminho de Idaho  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,401,336 (USA)
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The campfire scene was the last scene filmed, at the insistence of River Phoenix. See more »

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When Mike and Scott are biking it to Idaho, and Scott is having trouble starting the bike, the bike is steady on its stand in the front shot, when Scott is still astride it. When Scott hands the bike over to Mike, and the shot is from behind, Scott's hands are back on the handlebars, they were on the tank, and the bike is not on the stand. See more »

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Mike Waters: [First lines, mumbled to self, counting seconds, looking at pocket watch] 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...
[Coughs]
Mike Waters: I always know where I am by the way that the road looks. Like I just know that I've been here before. I just know that I've been stuck here, like this one f**king time before, you know that? Yeah. There's not another road anywhere that looks like this road - I mean, exactly like this road. It's one kind of place. One of a kind... like someone's face...
[cracks neck]
Mike Waters: like a f**ked up face.
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Home on the Range
Music Composed by Daniel E. Kelley (as Daniel E. Kelley)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (as Dr. Brewster M. Higley)
Performed by Bill Stafford
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cinematic poetry
8 August 1999 | by (israel) – See all my reviews

Gus van Sant's talent as a film maker with a unique vision reached fruition in this wonderful movie.

Its a remarkable achievment in all departments. The visuals are stunning, the soundtrack excellent and the acting spot on.

River Phoenix reveals himself here as an adult actor of great promise and his untimely death only adds to hopelessness of the character he plays.

Sadly from this pinnacle Van Sant would go slowly but very surely downhill towards the main stream "Good Will Hunting" and the misguided "Psycho" remake.

Not only not to be missed, its one to see and see again


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