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My Own Private Idaho  (1991)

My Own Private Idaho
Theatrical MPAA Rating:
R
Theatrical Feature Running Time:
105 mins

Theatrical Release Information:
My Own Private Idaho

Gus Van Sant's dreamtime riff on Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Parts I and II" features River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a narcoleptic male hustler who is first seen drifting on a stretch of highway in Idaho. Mike shifts from Seattle to Portland, where he has taken up with Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves), who is also a hustler. The difference between them is Mike's sleepy state betrays an uncertain future, while Scott is ready to inherit a fortune from his father within a week. Mike feels a real affection for Scott, but Scott does not believe men can really love each other. Besides, Scott is mostly hustling as a means of slumming and killing time before he inherits his money. Mike, however, delusionally thinks Scott will continue with his life as a drifter after receiving his inheritance. Mike's belief is shared by the dregs of Portland, who live out of an abandoned hotel with their spiritual leader Bob (film director William Richert). They're convinced Scott's fortune will benefit them all, when in reality Scott has other plans. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide


My Own Private Idaho Trivia

Who played Mike Waters in the movie My Own Private Idaho?
River Phoenix played Mike Waters in the movie My Own Private Idaho

Who played Scott Favor in the movie My Own Private Idaho?
Keanu Reeves played Scott Favor in the movie My Own Private Idaho

Who played Richard Waters in the movie My Own Private Idaho?
James Russo played Richard Waters in the movie My Own Private Idaho

Who played Bob Pigeon in the movie My Own Private Idaho?
William Richert played Bob Pigeon in the movie My Own Private Idaho

Who played Gary in the movie My Own Private Idaho?
Rodney Harvey played Gary in the movie My Own Private Idaho

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