My Own Private Idaho

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV,” Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor 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.
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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Michael “Mike” Waters: River Phoenix
  • Scott Favor: Keanu Reeves
  • Richard Waters: James Russo
  • Bob Pigeon: William Richert
  • Gary: Rodney Harvey
  • Carmella: Chiara Caselli
  • Digger: Michael Parker
  • Denise: Jessie Thomas
  • Budd: Flea
  • Alena: Grace Zabriskie
  • Jack Favor: Tom Troupe
  • Hans: Udo Kier
  • Jane Lightwork: Sally Curtice
  • Walt: Robert Lee Pitchlynn
  • Daddy Carroll: Mickey Cottrell
  • Wade: Wade Evans
  • Coverboy: Matthew Ebert
  • Coverboy: Tom Cramer
  • Sharon Waters: Vana O’Brien
  • Cafe Kid: Shaun Jordan
  • Coverboy / Cafe Kid: Scott Patrick Green
  • Cafe Kid: Shawn Wight
  • Bad George: George Conner
  • Indian Cop: Oliver Kirk
  • Dirtman: Stanley Hainsworth
  • Baby Mike: Joshua Halladay
  • Little Richard: Douglas Tollenen
  • Hotel Manager: Steven Clark Pachosa
  • Disco Manager: Lannie Swerdlow
  • Rock Promoter: Wally Gaarsland
  • Rock Promoter: Bryan Wilson
  • Rock Promoter: Mark Weaver
  • Rock Promoter: Conrad ‘Bud’ Montgomery
  • Cop: Pat Patterson
  • Cop: Steve Vernelson
  • Cop: Mike Cascadden
  • Mayor’s Aid: Eric Hull
  • Minister: James A. Arling
  • Airline Clerk: Jim Caviezel
  • Stewardess: Ana Cavinato
  • Lounge Hostess: Melanie Mosely
  • Carl: Greg Murphy
  • Yuppie at Jake’s: David Reppinhagen
  • Himself: Tiger Warren
  • Italian Street Boy: Massimo Di Cataldo
  • Italian Street Boy: Robert Egon
  • Italian Street Boy: Paolo Baiocco
  • Mike’s Italian Client: Mario Stracciarolo
  • Man Behind Hotel Counter (uncredited): Gus Van Sant
  • Italian Street Boy: Pao Pei Andreoli

Film Crew:

  • Thanks: James L. Brooks
  • Producer: Laurie Parker
  • Costume Design: Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
  • Second Assistant Director: David Minkowski
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Director of Photography: John J. Campbell
  • Line Producer: Anthony Brand
  • Original Music Composer: Bill Stafford
  • Additional Still Photographer: Eric Alan Edwards
  • Editor: Curtiss Clayton
  • Production Design: David Brisbin
  • Makeup Artist: Gina Monaci
  • Thanks: Nick Wechsler
  • Set Decoration: Missy Stewart
  • Additional Still Photographer: Scott Patrick Green
  • Assistant Editor: Amy E. Duddleston
  • Thanks: Donna L. Bascom
  • Scenic Artist: Anne Hyvarinen
  • Sound Editor: Peter Appleton
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Paul A. Sharpe
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Bill Sheppard
  • Construction Coordinator: Charles Armstrong
  • Thanks: Solomon J. LeFlore
  • Art Direction: Kenneth Hardy
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Kelley Baker
  • Sound Editor: Patrick Winters
  • Assistant Director: Phred Palmer
  • Thanks: Camela Galano
  • Casting Associate: Sandy Collister
  • Legal Services: Ira Schreck
  • Production Coordinator: Allesandra Ravenna
  • Craft Service: Sally Parker
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Tom Arndt
  • Sound Editor: Michael F. Newman

Movie Reviews:

  • WilsonWatches: Shakespeare meets street hustlers in a plot loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2 & Henry V. The film is both humorous and profound with River Phoenix’s (Mike) shining & Keanu Reeves (Scott) also starring alongside some very memorable characters (Hans, Bob).

    I think it’s probably of the best LGBT Films/ depictions of LGBT characters in film, & deservedly considered a cult classic. The offbeat film’s authentic style coupled with its compelling, drifting story, make My own Private Idaho a must watch nearly 30 years after release.

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