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My Own Private Idaho

Gus Van Sant

 
My Own Private Idaho (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1991
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
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  • Spine #277

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in Gus Van Sant’s haunting tale of 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 object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest from the grungy streets to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Visually dazzling and groundbreaking, My Own Private Idaho is a deeply moving look at unrequited love and life at society’s margins.

Cast

Mike WatersRiver Phoenix
Scott FavorKeanu Reeves
Richard WatersJames Russo
Bob PigeonWilliam Richert
GaryRodney Harvey
BuddFlea
HansUdo Kier
DiggerMichael Parker
AlenaGrace Zabriskie
Daddy CarrollMickey Cottrell

Credits

DirectorGus Van Sant
ProducerLaurie Parker
CinematographyEric Alan Edwards and John Campbell
ScreenplayGus Van Sant
Additional dialogueWilliam Shakespeare
Executive producerGus Van Sant
EditingCurtiss Clayton
Production designDavid Brisbin
MusicBill Stafford

Disc Features

DIRECTOR APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
  • Exclusive new audio interview with Gus Van Sant by filmmaker Todd Haynes
  • The Making of “My Own Private Idaho,” a new documentary featuring interviews with Idaho crew members
  • Kings of the Road, a new video interview with film scholar Paul Arthur in which he discusses Van Sant’s adaptation of Orson Welles and Shakespeare
  • New video conversation between producer Laurie Parker and River Phoenix’s sister Rain
  • New audio conversation between writer JT LeRoy (The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things) and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation)
  • Deleted scenes
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Plus: A 64-page book featuring new essays by JT LeRoy and film critic Amy Taubin, a 1991 article by Lance Loud, and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and Reeves

    New cover by Marc English

Film Essays

My Own Private Idaho: Private Places

By Amy Taubin March 04, 2005

It’s night in the desert. Mike (River Phoenix), a teenaged hustler given to bouts of narcolepsy, and Scott (Keanu Reeves), a slumming preppy prince, are huddled around a campfire. “I just want . . . Read more »

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News

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October 21, 2009

It’s been only four years since the last film in his Death Trilogy, but Gus Van Sant is already journeying back to the land of the dead. Variety reports that the director will be teaming up with . . . Read more »


Film Essays

My Own Private Idaho: Private Places

By Amy Taubin March 04, 2005

It’s night in the desert. Mike (River Phoenix), a teenaged hustler given to bouts of narcolepsy, and Scott (Keanu Reeves), a slumming preppy prince, are huddled around a campfire. “I just want . . . Read more »