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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | | Drama | 20 July 1991 (Japan)
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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Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. Written by garykmcd

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It's not where you go, it's how you get there. See more »

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

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20 July 1991 (Japan)  »

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A Caminho de Idaho  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,542 (USA) (6 October 1991)

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$6,401,336 (USA)
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1.78 : 1
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Because River Phoenix's agent refused to show him the film treatment for "My Own Private Idaho", in late 1990 Keanu Reeves rode his motorcycle from Canada to Phoenix's hometown of Gainesville, Florida to hand deliver it himself. See more »

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Mike's brother Richard speaks with a New York accent even though he's from Idaho. See more »

Quotes

Richard Waters: That guy. He was your real dad, Mike.
Mike Waters: Don't fuck me in the head anymore man! I know the fucking truth! I know who my fucking real dad is!
Richard Waters: Who?... Who?
Mike Waters: Dick, you. Richard, you're my dad. I know that.
Richard Waters: You know too much.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Blue Eyes
Music Composed by Elton John
Lyrics by Gary Osborne
Performed by Elton John
Courtesy of Geffen Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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The road of life
3 April 2001 | by (Athens,Greece) – See all my reviews

My opinion is that 'My own private Idaho' is a masterpiece! Gus van Sant did a great job and created a very artistic movie with many truths about life.Both River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves give wonderful performances.I read some other comments too on this board and I have to say that the story, is not only about 2 male prostitutes that sell their bodies for the money.Try to catch that underlying message that each viewer interprets it in his own way.In the way HE feels it.The movie gets really sad at the end but it makes you realize a lot of things.In this road of life that "...goes around the world..." you get hurt, betrayed, you believe, you hope, you pay, you earn, you lose, you win...that road never ends.


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