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My Own Private Idaho
My Private Idaho

USA 1991
produced by
Laurie Parker
directed by Gus Van Sant
starring River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Chiara Caselli, Michael Parker, Jessie Thomas, Flea, Grace Zabriskie, Tom Troupe, Udo Kier, Sally Curtice, Robert Lee Pitchlynn, Mickey Cottrell, Wade Evans, Matthew Ebert, Scott Patrick Green, Tom Cramer, Vana O'Brien, Shaun Jordan, Shawn Wight, George Conner, Oliver Kirk, Stanley Hainsworth, Joshua Halladay, Douglas Tollenen, Steven Clark Pachosa, Lannie Swerdlow, Wally Gaarsland, Brian Wilson, Mark Weaver, Conrad 'Bud' Montgomery, Pat Patterson, Steve Vernelson, Mike Cascadden, Eric Hull, James A. Arling, Jim Caviezel, Ana Cavinato, Melanie Mosely, Greg Murphy, David Reppinhagen, Tiger Warren
written by Gus Van Sant, taking cues from William Shakespeare's Henry IV, music by Bill Stafford

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott (Keanu Reeves) are two callboys living in the streets who are fast becoming friends even if they come from totally different backgrounds: Mike has never even met his mother, and his suffering from narcolepsy stems from that, while Scott is actually a rich kid who has a huge inheritance coming up but who rebels against his roots. They are both under the wings of Bob (William Richert), a larger than life vagrant who likes to see himself as a Shakespearean character but who's basically just a big fool - which only helps for Mike and Scott to become closer and closer over time, even on a sexual level - and eventually, Scott agrees to help Mike find his mother, a quest that leads them from Portland, Oregon to the middle of nowhere, Idaho, and eventually Italy. But in Italy, Scott finds romance with lovely Carmella (Chiara Caselli), and thus his desire to keep up his vagrant lifestyle slowly dwindles ...

Everybody's favourite Udo Kier plays Mike and Scott's favourite client in his first US-movie.

 

My Own Private Idaho combines indie flavour with early 1990s coolness, arthouse sensibilities, grittiness and Shakespearean grandeur (some of the film, including dialogue, was actually based on William Shakespeare's Henry IV), and thanks to an easily flowing script, a very flexible, never self-important directorial effort, great location, and of course first rate performances by a first rate cast, the film succeeds, too, leading to widespread success with a mainstream audience, plus the thing has aged incredibly well, hardly showing its 1990s roots at all.

 

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