The exiles

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  • "The Exiles" of the title are displaced Native Americans, living in late 1950s Los Angeles on Bunker Hill, a depressed area connected to the rest of the city by the Angels Flight trolley. The Indians were already exiles, from the moment they lost their ancestral lands and were confined to reservations. Starting on Friday afternoon and closing Saturday morning, the film follows pregnant Yvonne, her husband Homer, and their Mexican acquaintance Tommy Reynolds. Yvonne cooks dinner, Homer and Tommy drop her off at an "all-nite" movie and go to a bar, where they join a group on a joyride out to a hill--Hill X--and drunkenly greet the morning with tribal songs and dancing, while Yvonne sleeps in her neighbor's bed. A beautifully photographed slice of down-and-almost-out life, this is a portrait of women and men who are depressed over their diaspora, poverty, loneliness, alienation, lack of education and opportunity, and trying to escape the grip of a durable Los Angeles nightmare.


  • Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1961.
  • Program notes laid in container.
  • DVD; aspect ratio 1.33:1.
  • In English.


  • Disc 1. The exiles -- Opening credits -- "A little child of my own" -- "I don't want to cut your ear off" -- "Man, it's the same thing all over again" -- Dear Homer -- Double crisp -- "We'll dance all night" -- 3rd Street tunnel -- At the Columbine Bar -- "I don't say my prayers sometimes" -- "It's cool up on Hill X" -- Morning comes to Bunker Hill / a Milestone Film release ; written, produced and directed by Kent Mackenzie ; a Mackenzie production (1961) (72 min.); Special features: 2008 Theatrical trailer (2 min.); Bunker Hill 1956 / a Milestone Film release ; University of Southern California ; produced in the Graduate Workshop of the Department of Cinema ; directed, written & edited by Kent Mackenzie (1956) (17 min.) -- Los Angeles plays itself / research/text/production, Thom Andersen [excerpt] (3 min.); Watching "The Exiles" with Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker [audio feature]; Audio of "The Exiles" Los Angeles opening night at UCLA [audio feature] (51 min.)
  • Disc 2. Special features: A skill for Molina / a Milestone Film release ; written, produced and directed by Kent Mackenzie ; a production of the Motion Picture Service of the United States Information Agency (15 min.) -- The story of a rodeo cowboy / a Milestone Film release ; a David Wolper production ; series producer, Mel Stuart ; script by Kent Mackenzie, Mel Stuart ; produced, directed, & edited by Kent Mackenzie ; David Wolper Productions, Inc. and United Artists Television, Inc. (1962) (26 min.) -- The searching years: a series of open-end films--Ivan and his father / a Milestone Film release ; Churchill Films presents ; a Dimension film ; produced and directed by Kent Mackenzie (color) (1970) (14 min.) -- Last day of Angels Flight / Robert Kirste (1969) (3 min.) -- Bunker Hill: A tale of urban removal / producer, Greg Kimble ; Milestone Films (2009) (23 min.) -- White Fawn's devotion: A play acted by a tribe of red Indians in America / Pathé Frères (1901) (13 min.); DVD-ROM The Mackenzie files [PDF files require a DVD-ROM and Adobe Acrobat]; Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker-second interview [audio feature] (38 min.); The Leonard Lopate Show with Sherman Alexie and Charles Burnett [audio feature] (18 min.); Exiles stills gallery [slide show]