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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | | Drama | 20 July 1991 (Japan)
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.

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Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for strong sensuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,401,336 (USA)
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Gus Van Sant was very thankful for the time-lapse photography Eric Alan Edwards shot. He realized in editing, that the William Shakespeare language felt very out of place next to the hard reality of other scenes. Cutting in the time-lapse footage gave the film an element of surreality, where the antiquated dialogue fit right in. See more »

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Mike's brother Richard speaks with a New York accent even though he's from Idaho. See more »

Quotes

Scott Favor: I only have sex with a guy for money.
Mike Waters: Yeah, I know.
Scott Favor: And two guys can't love each other.
Mike Waters: Yeah.
Mike Waters: Well, I don't know. I mean... I mean, for me, I could love someone even if I, you know, wasn't paid for it... I love you, and... you don't pay me.
Scott Favor: Mike...
Mike Waters: I really wanna kiss you, man... Well goodnight, man... I love you though... You know that... I do love you.
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Too Many Colors
Words and Music by Aleka's Attic
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cinematic poetry
8 August 1999 | by (israel) – See all my reviews

Gus van Sant's talent as a film maker with a unique vision reached fruition in this wonderful movie.

Its a remarkable achievment in all departments. The visuals are stunning, the soundtrack excellent and the acting spot on.

River Phoenix reveals himself here as an adult actor of great promise and his untimely death only adds to hopelessness of the character he plays.

Sadly from this pinnacle Van Sant would go slowly but very surely downhill towards the main stream "Good Will Hunting" and the misguided "Psycho" remake.

Not only not to be missed, its one to see and see again


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