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My Own Private Idaho

Hustler Mike goes out with his best friend Scott to search for his mother. Mike is brilliantly played by River Phoenix, who died far too young.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

My Own Private Idaho

Late 1993, actor River Phoenix was out clubbing at The Viper Room, Johnny Depp's nightclub in Los Angeles. He did a "speedball" — a mixture of heroin and cocaine. Lethal as it turned out: Phoenix, just 23 years old, had a heart attack and died on the steps of the club, ending a beautiful acting career of more than ten years. His part in My Own Private Idaho is considered by many to be his best performance.

Gay Mike (Phoenix), who suffers from narcolepsy, works as a prostitute servicing both men and women. While on the job, he meets Scott (Keanu Reeves). Scott is a prostitute as well, be it a straight one. They become best friends, although Mike's feelings go much further. One day Mike decides to go looking for his mother, who left him when he was still very young. Scott decides to come along.