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My Own Private Idaho

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The Point Break episode reminded me that Keanu went right from a major studio action film and made this iconic Gus Van Sant indie classic.

 

River Phoenix's best performance ever?

A contender for Van Sant's best film, if not his most personal?

One of the defining indie films of the 90s?

 

Also, everyone in the cast immersed themselves so much in the street hustler lifestyle that there was major collateral damage afterwards.

 

Many have speculated that this film is where Phoneix and co-star Rodney Harvey picked up the heroin habits that ultimately cost them their lives. Reeves was also rumored to have picked up a habit on this film. A devastating article in Premiere (1998, I think) chronicled the demise of Harvey and the fall out from MOPI.

 

A haunting film that needs more recognition.

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