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My Own Private Idaho -- The movie is set in Portland. Many local characters are included as both personalities and actors.

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Gus Van Sant (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 July 1991 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
This road will never end. It probably goes all around the world. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
13 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

River Phoenix ... Mike Waters

Keanu Reeves ... Scott Favor

James Russo ... Richard Waters

William Richert ... Bob Pigeon
Rodney Harvey ... Gary

Chiara Caselli ... Carmella
Michael Parker ... Digger
Jessie Thomas ... Denise

Flea ... Budd

Grace Zabriskie ... Alena
Tom Troupe ... Jack Favor

Udo Kier ... Hans
Sally Curtice ... Jane Lightwork
Robert Lee Pitchlynn ... Walt

Mickey Cottrell ... Daddy Carroll
Wade Evans ... Wade
Matthew Ebert ... Coverboy (as Matt Ebert)
Scott Patrick Green ... Coverboy / Cafe Kid
Tom Cramer ... Coverboy
Vana O'Brien ... Sharon Waters
Shaun Jordan ... Cafe Kid
Shawn Wight ... Cafe Kid (as Shawn Jones)
George Conner ... Bad George
Oliver Kirk ... Indian Cop
Stanley Hainsworth ... Dirtman (as Stanley Hainesworth)
Joshua Halladay ... Baby Mike
Douglas Tollenen ... Little Richard
Steven Clark Pachosa ... Hotel Manager (as Stephen Clark Pachosa)
Lannie Swerdlow ... Disco Manager
Wally Gaarsland ... Rock Promoter

Brian Wilson ... Rock Promoter (as Bryan Wilson)
Mark Weaver ... Rock Promoter
Conrad 'Bud' Montgomery ... Rock Promoter
Pat Patterson ... Cop
Steve Vernelson ... Cop
Mike Cascadden ... Cop
Eric Hull ... Mayor's Aide
James A. Arling ... Minister

Jim Caviezel ... Airline Clerk
Ana Cavinato ... Stewardess
Melanie Mosely ... Lounge Hostess
Greg Murphy ... Carl
David Reppinhagen ... Yuppie at Jake's
Tiger Warren ... Himself
Massimo Di Cataldo ... Italian Street Boy
Pao Pei Andreoli ... Italian Street Boy
Robert Egon ... Italian Street Boy
Paolo Baiocco ... Italian Street Boy
Mario Stracciarolo ... Mike's Italian Client
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Heather J. Braden ... Yuppie at Jake's (uncredited)
Kirsten Kuppenbender ... Portland Street Girl (uncredited)
Jesse Merz ... Mean Kid #2 (uncredited)
Tom Peterson ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Eli Swenson ... Street Hustler - Seattle (uncredited)

Gus Van Sant ... Man Behind Hotel Counter (uncredited)

Directed by
Gus Van Sant 
 
Writing credits
Gus Van Sant (screenplay)

William Shakespeare  play "Henry IV" (uncredited)

Produced by
Anthony Brand .... line producer (as Tony Brand)
Solomon J. LeFlore .... consulting producer
Allan Mindel .... co-executive producer
Laurie Parker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Stafford 
 
Cinematography by
John J. Campbell  (as John Campbell)
Eric Alan Edwards 
 
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
 
Production Design by
David Brisbin 
 
Art Direction by
Kenneth Hardy 
 
Set Decoration by
Missy Stewart  (as Melissa Stewart)
 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
 
Makeup Department
Gina Monaci .... key hair stylist
Gina Monaci .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paul Hellerman .... unit production manager
Paolo Tinari .... production manager: Italy
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D-J Haanraadts .... assistant director: Italy
Kris Krengel .... first assistant director
David Minkowski .... second assistant director
Phred Palmer .... assistant director: Italy
John O. Brown III .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Charles Armstrong .... construction coordinator
J. Adam Bogle .... painter (as Adam Bogle)
Nina Bradford .... swing gang
Chistine Chapman .... assistant scenic
Sean Fong .... swing gang
Benjamin Hayden .... lead man
Anne Hyvarinen .... lead scenic artist
Anton Kimball .... paintings: Richard Waters
Ed Kuchar .... wall covering specialist
Kevin Lindeman .... art department assistant
Arnold Pander .... storyboard artist
Dan Self .... set dresser (as Daniel Self)
Dan Self .... swing (as Daniel Self)
Cary Shafer .... construction foreman
Vittorio Troiani .... property master: Italy
Ken Erck .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ellen Freund .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Appleton .... sound editor
Kelley Baker .... supervising sound editor
Forrest Brakeman .... adr recordist
Kelly Cannon .... sound intern
Jan Cyr .... sound mixer: Seattle
Dean Giammarco .... mixing assistant
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator: Seattle
Jon Huck .... sound mixer: Italy
Karen Karbo .... foley walker
Parker Logan .... dialogue continuity
Robert Marts .... sound mixer: Seattle
Steve Miller .... foley walker
Michael F. Newman .... sound editor
Robert Polich .... boom operator
Paul A. Sharpe .... re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Tom Sheft .... sound editing assistant
Bill Sheppard .... re-recording mixer
Concha Solano .... sound editing assistant
Reinhard Stergar .... sound mixer
Peter Weiss .... boom operator: Italy
Patrick Winters .... sound editor
Wayne Woods .... adr recording engineer (as W. Wayne Woods)
Wayne Woods .... foley recording engineer (as W. Wayne Woods)
David Abrahamsen .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Bruce Murphy .... stereo sound consultant: Ultra (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Venora Dobrowolski .... mechanical effects: The Illusion Works
John H. Schmeer .... mechanical effects: The Illusion Works (as Jon Henry Schmeer)
 
Visual Effects by
Tom Arndt .... visual effects coordinator (as Thomas Arndt)
Laura Di Trapani .... visual effects crew
Karen Hout .... visual effects crew (as Karen E. Hout)
Janet Karecki .... visual effects crew
Kathleen Nichols .... visual effects crew
Steve Warner .... visual effects crew
Chel White .... visual effects crew
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Barnes .... best boy grip (as Ted Barnes)
Jeff Duffy .... generator operator
Jeff Duffy .... grip
Eric Alan Edwards .... additional still photographer
Rolando Ferrario .... first assistant camera: Italy
Massimo Galiano .... best boy: Italy (as Massimo Galliano)
Gary Gatewood .... second assistant camera
Tino Gorga .... gaffer: Italy
Scott Patrick Green .... additional still photographer
Antonio La Barbera .... electrician: Italy (as Antonio Labarbera)
Matthew May .... best boy electric
Giuliano Mazzoni .... electrician: Italy
Mark McGinnis .... dolly grip (as Mark Mc Ginnis)
Jeff Mishler .... first assistant camera
Rebecca Revak .... grip (as Rebecca M. Revak)
Giancarlo Rocchetti .... key grip: Italy
Vincenzo Savino .... still photographer: Italy
Dennis Sherwood .... grip
Albert Tablanza .... uncredited
Abigayle Tarsches .... still photographer
Bruce Weber .... special photography
T.J. Civis .... grip (uncredited)
Mark Watson .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Don Campeau .... extras casting: Central Extras Casting (as Donald Campeau)
Patti Carns Kalles .... extras casting: Seattle (as Patti Kalles)
Sandy Collister .... casting associate
Yvonne Couture .... extras casting: Central Extras Casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vanessa Vogel .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Nils Benson .... apprentice film editor
Trevor Cable .... editorial intern
Amy E. Duddleston .... assistant film editor
Bill Scott .... color timer
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer
Teresa Tamiyasu .... post-production assistant
Karen Thorndike .... negative cutter
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Vicky Berglund-Davenport .... locations: Seattle (as Vicky Berglund)
Sara Burton .... location manager
Jeff Selis .... assistant location manager (as Jeffrey Selis)
 
Music Department
Dean Baskerville .... music recording technician
Kim Burton .... musician: viola
Vernon Dunn .... musician: banjo
Steve Einhorn .... music assistant
Rob Farley .... music engineer
Sandy Gernhart .... musician: yodeling and accordion
Donald Granger .... musician: whistler
Jamie Haggerty .... additional music arranger
Jamie Haggerty .... musician: dulcimer and synthesizer
Scott Hybl .... music engineer
Richard Letcher .... musician: banjo
Richard McNutt .... musician: vibraphone (as Richard Mc Nutt)
Richard Meyers .... musician: saw
Jean G. Poulot .... additional music arranger (as Jean Poulot)
Jean G. Poulot .... musician: hurdy gurdy and tar (as Jean Poulot)
Lori Presthus .... musician: cello
Dorothy Rust .... musician: french horn
Bill Stafford .... music arranger
Bill Stafford .... musician: pedal steel guitar
Elliot Sweetland .... musician: banjo
Hollis Taylor .... musician: violin
Bruce Van Buskirk .... musician: recorders
 
Transportation Department
Robert Giasson .... driver
Mark James .... transportation coordinator
Carol Knotts .... driver
J.R. Knotts .... driver
Mark Knotts .... transportation captain
Franco Moranti .... driver: Italy
Katrina L. Sanders .... driver (as Katrina Sanders-Payne)
Marvin LaRoy Sanders .... driver (as Marvin Sanders)
Tom Scherer .... driver
 
Other crew
Christina Ajalat .... assistant to producer
Julianna Arenson .... production accountant
Peter Barnett .... production caterer: Premiere Catering
Amanda Brand .... production coordinator
Kelly Brooks .... walla group
John Brown .... production assistant
Chas Bruce .... title designer (as Chas. Bruce)
Aldo Cestini .... caterer: Italy
Richard Cottrell .... unit publicist
Jake Culver .... research consultant
Matthew Ebert .... production assistant (as Matt Ebert)
Wade Evans .... walla group
Cam Galano .... international sales
Shaun Gavin .... set security
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Jill Goldstein .... legal services: Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz
Anne Gordon .... animal handler
Scott Patrick Green .... assistant to director
Scott Patrick Green .... walla group
Eric Hull .... walla group
Shaun Jordan .... walla group
Arthur Klein .... legal services: Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz
Chris Lowenstein .... production assistant
Mary Ann Marino .... production coordinator
Jeff Martin .... assistant caterer
Rolf Mittweg .... international sales
Vana O'Brien .... walla group
Phred Palmer .... assistant to producer
Mike Parker .... walla group
Sally Parker .... craft service
Allesandra Ravenna .... production coordinator: Italy
Tom Scherer .... cook
Ira Schreck .... legal services: Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz
Teresa Tamiyasu .... production office manager
Jessie Thomas .... walla group
Lorenzo Dalla Vedova .... production assistant: Italy
Bryan Wilson .... walla group
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Brad Stephens .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Donna L. Bascom .... thanks (as Donna Bascom)
James L. Brooks .... special thanks
Cam Galano .... thanks
Solomon J. LeFlore .... special thanks
Scott Melloo Nall Jr. .... dedicatee
Nick Wechsler .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"My Private Idaho" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sensuality, language and drug use
Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Alphacine)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
River Phoenix wrote the campfire scene in private, on little scraps of paper. Gus Van Sant was under the impression that he had been writing song lyrics, and was surprised when River told him he'd re-written the scene. Van Sant liked what River presented, but didn't know if Keanu Reeves would be up for it. River assured him that he'd already privately talked to Keanu about it, and he was fine with everything. Gus Van Sant says he's he had to give complete faith to River, since he was completely left out of the loop on the whole scene.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: (At 12.45) As Mike goes to look out the window at the back garden in the old ladies house the boom mic is visible reflected in the window.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Mike Waters:I'm a connoisseur of roads. I've been tasting roads my whole life. This road will never end. It probably goes all around the world.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
America, the BeautifulSee more »

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49 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Updated Henry IV, 18 May 2000

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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