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Director: Gus Van Sant     Starring: River Phoenix Keanu Reeves
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40704746
UPC: 715515015929
UPC 14: 00715515015929
Rating: NR
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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.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Hi-fi Stereo, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/1/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1992
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1609
Video UPC UPC: 00715515015929
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.77:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Flea
Video Cast Info James Russo
Video Cast Info Keanu Reeves
Video Cast Info River Phoenix
Video Cast Info William Richert
Video Cast Info William S. Burroughs
Video Cast Info Curtiss Clayton - Editor
Video Cast Info Gus Van Sant - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Gus Van Sant - Director
Video Cast Info Laurie Parker - Producer
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

"Creatively ambitious and handsomely shot....[Van Sant's] most successful mix so far between straight storytelling and experimental technique." 09/01/2005 p.148

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Van Sant,Gus
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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