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My Own Private Idaho

Drama . Romance

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters (River Phoenix) is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves) is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

Actors: River Phoenix , Keanu Reeves , James Russo , William Richert , Rodney Harvey , Chiara Caselli , Grace Zabriskie , Tom Troupe , Michael Parker , Jessie Thomas
Directors: Gus Van Sant
Country: USA
Release: 1991-07-20
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  • Desson Thomson

    It gets you below the emotional belt in a searing, delicate way. No movie this year approaches such magnificent imagery, such delectable poetry.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Before this trippy, mesmerizing movie swerves out of control, it delivers an exhilarating and challenging ride.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Hal Hinson

    Van Sant's sensibility is wholly original, wholly fresh. "My Own Private Idaho" adds a new ingredient: a kind of boho sweetness. I loved it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The style is so eclectic that it may take some getting used to, but Van Sant, working from his own story for the first time, brings such lyrical focus to his characters and his poetry that almost everything works.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    There is no mechanical plot that has to grind to a Hollywood conclusion, and no contrived test for the heroes to pass; this is a movie about two particular young men, and how they pass their lives.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jay Scott

    My Own Private Idaho achieves more than most movies dream of attempting. The Shakespearian allusions aside, Van Sant has essentially remade "Of Mice and Men" for the nineties, with Mike as the "mouse," Scott as the "man." It is the mouse who roars.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Van Sant casts a gently hypnotic spell that is not easily forgotten.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    It's a daredevil's ride that keeps you glued with fascination.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Philip Thomas

    With a more accomplished script and an actor of rather more technical prowess than Reeves (nabbing the Prince Hal role), this may just have worked. Here, it is just squirmingly embarrassing stuff.

    Empire Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    The Shakespearean side of the story falls short due to Reeves' very narrow range as an actor.

    Variety Full Review
  • Vincent Canby

    The film itself is invigorating - written, directed, and acted with enormous insight and comic elan. [27 Sept 1991]

    The New York Times Full Review
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