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My Own Private Idaho 1991

  • Gus Van Sant
  • October 18, 1991
  • 104 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Romance
It's not where you go, it's how you get there.
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.


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Shout by Redouane
2014-02-14T15:14:24-08:00— updated 2016-06-24T03:44:48-07:00

"The achievement of this film is that it wants to evoke that state of drifting need, and it does. There is no mechanical plot that has to grind to a Hollywood conclusion, and no contrived test for the heroes to pass."
- Roger Ebert

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