My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

Directed by Gus Van Sant • 1991 • United States
Starring River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, William Richert

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Visually dazzling and thematically groundbreaking, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO is a deeply moving look at unrequited love and life on society’s margins.

My Own Private Idaho
  • My Own Private Idaho

    Directed by Gus Van Sant • 1991 • United States
    Starring River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, William Richert

    River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and ...

Extras

  • Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes on MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

    SAFE and FAR FROM HEAVEN director Todd Haynes sat down with Gus Van Sant to talk about MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO and Van Sant's unique cinematic vision. Their conversation was recorded exclusively for the Criterion Collection in Portland, Oregon, in the fall of 2004.

  • The Making of MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

    Veteran Van Sant editor Curtis Clayton, directors of photography John Campbell and Eric Alan Edwards, and production designer David Brisbin recall the development, production, and postproduction processes on MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO in this documentary made for The Criterion Collection in 2004.

  • River Phoenix and MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

    In this intimate conversation, producer Laurie Parker and Rain Phoenix, River Phoenix's younger sister, discuss the late actor's commitment to MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO.

  • Kings of the Road

    Film scholar and critic Paul Arthur discusses Gus Van Sant's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry IV and Orson Welles's FALSTAFF (also known as CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT) in MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO as well as the influence of the road movie and the Western on the film. This video interview was conduct...

  • MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO Deleted Scenes

  • JT LeRoy and Jonathan Caouette on MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

    Jonathan Caouette phoned JT LeRoy in December 2004 to discuss the film in relation to their experiences on the street—which influenced Caouette's 2004 film TARNATION and LeRoy's novels and short stories (“Sarah,” “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things”). Van Sant served as executive producer on...