My Own Private Idaho [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1991]

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Special Features

  • Conversation from 2005 between writer JT LeRoy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Illustrated 2005 audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes
  • Kings of the road, a 2005 interview with film scholar Paul Arthur on Van Sant's adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight
  • The making of "My Private Idaho," a 2005 documentary featuring cast and crew
  • Trailer

Synopsis

My Own Private Idaho
Gus Van Sant's dreamtime riff on Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Parts I and II" features River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a narcoleptic male hustler who is first seen drifting on a stretch of highway in Idaho. Mike shifts from Seattle to Portland, where he has taken up with Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves), who is also a hustler. The difference between them is Mike's sleepy state betrays an uncertain future, while Scott is ready to inherit a fortune from his father within a week. Mike feels a real affection for Scott, but Scott does not believe men can really love each other. Besides, Scott is mostly hustling as a means of slumming and killing time before he inherits his money. Mike, however, delusionally thinks Scott will continue with his life as a drifter after receiving his inheritance. Mike's belief is shared by the dregs of Portland, who live out of an abandoned hotel with their spiritual leader Bob (film director William Richert). They're convinced Scott's fortune will benefit them all, when in reality Scott has other plans. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • River Phoenix
    River Phoenix - Mike Waters
  • Keanu Reeves
    Keanu Reeves - Scott Favor
  • James Russo
    James Russo - Richard Waters
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    William Richert - Bob Pigeon
  • Rodney Harvey
    Rodney Harvey - Gary

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