My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

Streaming Video - 1991
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Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix star in director Gus Van Sant's seminal meditation on the nature of innocence as two young men living on the fringes of society peddle their bodies for sex.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Bros. : Made available through hoopla, 1991
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 102 min.)) : sd., col


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Franln Jun 03, 2017

I hadn't seen this movie since the early 1990s so it was like watching it for the first time with a new perspective. River Phoenix is truly spectacular, physically and as an actor. Keanu Reeves is very handsome as well but not such a good actor. The bonus features are fantastic.

Jan 08, 2017

Not sure why I love this movie so much. It might be River Phoenix's stellar work. Or the fact that it's the best thing that Keanu Reeves has ever done. Gus Van Sant's directing is wonderful, including a few minutes of actual interviews with rent boys, seamlessly sewn into the plot.
It's adult material - probably the only story of a narcoleptic rentboy you'll ever find. With highly unusual and unexpectedly tasteful sex scenes.
It feels authentic, it speaks loudly with a clear voice, and it's sensitive and warm.
I guess that's why I like it so much.

May 15, 2016

This film tells it like it is. Great acting by River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves.

Nov 06, 2015

This movie's got so much style! Like French new wave levels, and Rivers and Keanu channeling some good stuff.

Jul 30, 2015

Sort of Oliver Twist meets Brokeback Mountain, good acting especially from River Phoenix - a shame we lost him so young - but not much of a story to go with it, I was expecting a little more given its reputation, maybe the film was more cutting edge 20 years ago, but not so much today.

indigo_lion_24 Oct 27, 2014


Jul 05, 2014

Talented actors, wonderful soundtrack, great cinematography, good ending, but boring plot.

clamourer Jun 19, 2013

Beautifully lush film about subtlety, character, and love. Truly one of the masterpieces of independent filmmaking. The images and scenes will haunt in a good way for days afterwards. Highest recommendation if you enjoy romance films without all the clichés, appreciate virtuoso acting and deeply drawn characters. Absolutely stunning and a treasure.

briancastro Sep 20, 2012

had some good moments. a bit slow at times.good soundtrack. worth seeing for sure.

Jan 10, 2012

Powerful Film. I recommend it!


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