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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

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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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hustler | idaho | gay | portland oregon | love | See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,401,336 (USA)
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Trivia

The song that Udo Kier sings along to was part of Kier's cabaret act. Usually, he would sing along to the tape while using a flashlight as a microphone. Gus Van Sant changed it to avoid comparisons to Blue Velvet (1986). See more »

Goofs

At the campfire scene, whenever the camera shows Scott, Mike's hands are hanged to each other, but whenever the camera shows Mike, he is playing with piece of wood. See more »

Quotes

Scott Favor: Why, you wouldn't even look at a clock unless hours were lines of coke, dials looked like the signs of gay bars, or time itself was a fair hustler in black leather.
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Ovoniam Ipse
Music Composed by Thomas Stoltzer
Performed by Bruce Van Buskirk
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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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