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My Own Private Idaho

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Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.


  • River Phoenix
  • Keanu Reeves
  • James Russo
  • William Richert
  • Rodney Harvey
  • Chiara Caselli
  • Michael Parker
  • Jessica Makinson
  • Flea
  • Grace Zabriskie

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No matter what you've been used to, Idaho is something completely different, a film that manages to confound all expectations, even the ones it sets up itself. [18 Oct 1991]

Metacritic review by Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The style is so eclectic that it may take some getting used to, but Van Sant, working from his own story for the first time, brings such lyrical focus to his characters and his poetry that almost everything works.

Metacritic review by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The film itself is invigorating - written, directed, and acted with enormous insight and comic elan. [27 Sept 1991]

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times