My Own Private Idaho Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for My Own Private Idaho the Movie

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Director Van Sant of "Drugstore Cowboy" returns to the underworld to examine another group of outsiders, this time young, homosexual hustlers. On the streets of Seattle, narcoleptic hustler Mike meets slumming rich boy Scott, and together they begin a search for Mike's lost mother, which leads them to Idaho and Italy. Stunning visuals, an elliptical plot, and a terrific performance by Phoenix highlight this search for love, the meaning of life, and power. Van Sant couples these activities with scenes from Shakespeare's "Henry IV" for a sometimes inscrutable, but always memorable film. Look for director Richert's Falstaff role as an aging chickenhawk.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 105 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Gays, Oldest Profession, Rome--Modern, Teen Angst, Modern Shakespeare, Road Trip, The Meaning of Life, Thumbs Up, Seattle
Gus Van Sant
River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Michael Parker, Flea, Chiara Caselli, Udo Kier, Grace Zabriskie, Tom Troupe
John Campbell, Eric Alan Edwards
Gus Van Sant
Fine Line Features


Ind. Spirit 1992: Actor (Phoenix), Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1991: Actor (Phoenix).

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