Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Own Private Idaho

1991 America Feature

Cast: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Chiara Caselli, Flea, Grace Zabriskie and Udo Kier
Writer/Director: Gus Van Sant

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.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 86% / Audience: 77%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 77% / Audience: 8.4%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Male Lead (Phoenix), Screenplay and Film Music; also nominated for Best Feature, Director and Cinematography.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (Phoenix).
  • Producers Guild of America Nova Award for Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Toronto International Film Festival International Critics' Award.
  • Venice Film Festival Vulpi Cup for Best Actor (Phoenix).

  • Loosely based on the William Shakespeare plays Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V. In several scenes the characters' dialogue is taken straight from these plays.
  • John Rechy's novel City of Night and Orson Welles' film Chimes at Midnight were other inspirations.
  • The film's title is derived from the song "Private Idaho" by The B-52's.
  • Casting Call: Dennis Hopper.
  • Director Gus Van Sant makes a cameo appearance, as does The Beach Boys' Bryan Wilson as a rock promoter.
  • Film debut of actor Jim Caviezel.
  • My Own Private Idaho was released on DVD as part of The Criterion Collection in 2005.

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