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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  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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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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29 September 1991 (USA)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,401,336 (USA)
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On the rooftop when Mike is waking up and Bob is returning to the city with Budd, Matt Dillon's voice can be heard on a television in the distance. The scene which can be heard is from Drugstore Cowboy (1989), an earlier film by Gus Van Sant. See more »

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Scott Favor: It's when you start doing things for free, that you start to grow wings. Isn't that right, Mike.
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Scott Favor: Wings, Michael. You grow wings, and become a fairy.
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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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