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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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Wherever, whatever, have a nice day. See more »



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

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Release Date:

29 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho de Idaho  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)


$6,401,336 (USA)

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1.78 : 1
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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 »


In Scott and Bob's final scene together, Bob says Scottie's wearing a three-piece suit, but we see him wearing a two-piece suit. See more »


Scott Favor: When you wake up, wipe the slugs off your face. Be ready for a new day!
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


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Music Composed by Thomas Stoltzer
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Gus Van Sant, truly one of the best directors in this century, has a visionary eye that enables audiences to see life in a different/new way. In this case he takes Henry IV- usually overshadowed by Henry V, and turns it in to a heart wrenching tale that modern audiences can appreciate. The visual pictures that get layered on and on and on our eyeballs are like dance steps carefully plotted. The use of lesser known actors is refreshing, and the chemistry between River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is overwhelming. This is a must see for any lover of independent films, for any person tired of predictable plots, or for anyone who wants to open their heart to vulnerable characters and love them. This movie gets you involved.

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