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

  • SKU: 28913145
  • Release Date: 10/06/2015
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

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


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

Overall customer rating

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing movie and criterion pulls all the stops

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    This is one of the best indie films ever made I love it, an amazing story and incredible acting. This blu ray edition is amazing. The film looks brand new and the supplemental features are pretty heavy. This criterion edition is the way to own this landmark film that inspired a new generation of art film, and an amazing story !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



    Definitely different, this is still one of my all time favorites. I believe River is a phenominal actor and Keanu does well too. There is also a small part by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You like weird and off the wall? Then this is for you, and Hans is the best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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