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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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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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Some people take your heart, others take your shoes, and still others take you home. 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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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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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 »

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Daddy Carroll: I am so lucky, i was born on April 4th 1944, thats 4.4.44, if you add that up it comes to 16: 1-6, one plus six is seven: luckiest number of all.
Mike Waters: You know your Math.
Daddy Carroll: It's more than math Mike, it's... imaculate perfection!
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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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