My Own Private Idaho

Lists: Adventure, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 572 (Rank from 1991: # 7)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97
Dan O'Neill85(full review)
Jay of Life Vs Film50(full review)

People Involved

  • River Phoenix (Mike Waters)
  • Keanu Reeves (Scott Favor)
  • James Russo (Richard Waters)
  • William Richert (Bob Pigeon)
  • Rodney Harvey (Gary)
  • Chiara Caselli (Carmella)
  • Grace Zabriskie (Mother)
  • Tom Troupe (Jack Favor)
  • Michael Parker (Digger)
  • Jessie Thomas (Denise)
  • Flea (Budd)
  • Udo Kier (Hans)
  • Sally Curtice (Jane Lightwork)
  • Gus Van Sant (Director)