My Own Private Idaho (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Gus Van Sant Starring: River Phoenix Keanu Reeves

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Mike is a narcoleptic street hustler haunted by his idyllic memories of childhood and obsessed with finding his mother and scott is a runaway rich kid who's on a personal crusade to find the meaning of life, biding his time until her inherits an estate.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 40704746
UPC 715515015929
UPC 14 00715515015929
Format DVD
Release Date 3/1/2005
Rating NR
Coming Of Age
Cult Film
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A narcoleptic, psychologically-scarred young man who peddles his body, and his best friend, who also works the streets though he's from a wealthy political family, wander together and apart, from Seattle to as far away as Italy. A loose reworking of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," with Reeves as the prodigal son who slums in the Pacific Northwest's junkie lowlife milieu.
Plot Summary
Summary Semi-documentary footage of Seattle street hustling mixes with highly theatrical Shakespearean speech in this very loose adaptation of "Henry IV." In Seattle, Mike, a male prostitute and narcoleptic, meets Scott, who is rebelling against his wealthy family by working the streets. The two decide to embark on a search for Mike's long-lost mother, and their journey leads them first to Mike's home in Idaho and then to Italy.
Rolling Stone "...The film tantalizes us with imagery....It delivers an exhilarating and challenging ride..." 10/17/1991 p.100
Sight and Sound "...A giddy medley of innumerable private dreams, memories and fantasies..." 04/01/1992 p.55-6
Film Comment "...Brilliantly impudent....Van Sant boldly floats us off on a sea of visions with no visible anchor....It's a fable about the leaps in perception by which a world grows up..." 11/01/1991 p.42-4
Los Angeles Times "...IDAHO is something completely different, a film that manages to confound all expectations, even the ones it sets up itself..." 10/18/1991 p.F1
Uncut "Creatively ambitious and handsomely shot....[Van Sant's] most successful mix so far between straight storytelling and experimental technique." 09/01/2005 p.148
Gus Van Sant
River Phoenix
Keanu Reeves
Cast & Crew
Curtiss Clayton - Editor
Flea - Actor
Gus Van Sant - Screenplay
Gus Van Sant - Director
James Russo - Actor
Keanu Reeves - Actor
Laurie Parker - Producer
River Phoenix - Actor
William Richert - Actor
William S. Burroughs - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 1609
UPC 00715515015929
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.77:1
DVD, Widescreen, Hi-fi Stereo, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Van Sant,Gus
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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