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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | | Drama | 20 July 1991 (Japan)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike Waters
... Scott Favor
... Richard Waters
... Bob Pigeon
Rodney Harvey ... Gary
... Carmella
Michael Parker ... Digger
Jessie Thomas ... Denise
... Budd
... Alena
Tom Troupe ... Jack Favor
... Hans
Sally Curtice ... Jane Lightwork
Robert Lee Pitchlynn ... Walt
... Daddy Carroll
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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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Rated R for strong sensuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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20 July 1991 (Japan)  »

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A Caminho de Idaho  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,542, 6 October 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,401,336
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1.78 : 1
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River Phoenix was very impressed with Gus Van Sant's openness to improvisation and interpretation, something many of his previous directors were hesitant to allow. See more »

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When Bob approaches Scott in the bar near the end of the film, two marks of black gaffer tape can be seen on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Scott Favor: Look Mike, sandwiches!
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Home on the Range
Music Composed by Daniel E. Kelley (as Daniel E. Kelley)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (as Dr. Brewster M. Higley)
Performed by Bill Stafford
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"Wherever, whatever, have a nice day, River Phoenix"

I watched this film on TV 5 years ago, when I was only eleven years old, and I remember that I was especially impressed by River Phoenix's magnificent performance. I had already watched "Stand By Me" (one of my favorites), and it was very interesting to watch him older in such a daring film. I think he was the best actor of his generation but, unfortunately, he died too young. His film legacy and his magnificent aura, however, live on forever.

"My Own Private Idaho" is a poetic and bittersweet road movie, and Van Sant's masterpiece. Here in Brazil it received a bad title, "Garotos de Programa" (literally, "Rent Boys"). Yes, the main characters are rent boys, but this is not what defines them. "My Own Private Idaho" (what a beautiful title!) mostly deals with loneliness, virile sexuality and friendship, and paternity. It's much more than "a film about rent boys". Besides, by watching it my contemporaries will realize that Keanu Reeves isn't Neo from "The Matrix", but a versatile actor; and, perhaps, they'd discover that friendship - and romantic love - between two men can be truly sincere. 10/10.


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