In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters (River Phoenix) is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves) is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

  1. Gus Van Sant

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. River Phoenix

    River Phoenix

    Mike Waters

  2. Keanu Reeves

    Keanu Reeves

    Scott Favor

  3. James Russo

    James Russo

    Richard Waters

  4. William Richert

    William Richert

    Bob Pigeon

  5. Rodney Harvey


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My Own Private Idaho
My Own Private Idaho


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Release Information

  • October 18, 1991


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 44m

Budget $2,500,000.00

Revenue $6,401,336.00

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