The Exiles (1961 film)

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The Exiles (1961) is a film by Kent MacKenzie (6 April 1930, Hampstead, England – 16 May 1980, Marin County, California) chronicling a day in the life of a group of twenty-something Native Americans who left reservation life in the 1950s to live in the district of Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, California. Bunker Hill was then a blighted residential locality of decayed Victorian mansions, sometimes featured in the writings of Raymond Chandler, John Fante and Charles Bukowski. The structure of the film is that of a narrative feature, the script pieced together from interviews with the documentary subjects. The film features Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, and Tommy Reynolds.

Filming was done in 1958. The film features rock and roll music composed for the film and performed by The Revels. The cast of American Indian actors are notable for their lack of self-consciousness as they drink and socialize during a night out on the town ending in a 49 party of drumming and dancing on "Hill X" overlooking downtown LA.[1]

The Exiles did not find a distributor to release it theatrically in 1961, and so over the years it fell into obscurity, known to cinephiles but remaining largely unseen by the public. A restored version produced by the UCLA Film and Television Archive premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2008, and Milestone Films released it commercially and on DVD in summer 2008.

In 2009, it was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and will be preserved for all time. [2]


  • Yvonne Williams
  • Homer Nish
  • Tommy Reynolds
  • Rico Rodrigues
  • Clifford Ray Sam
  • Clydean Parker
  • Mary Donahue
  • Eddie Sunrise
  • Jacinto Valenzuela
  • Ann Amiador
  • Delos Yellow Eagle
  • Louis Irwin
  • Norman St. Pierre
  • Marilyn Lewis
  • Bob Lemoyne
  • Ernest Marden
  • Frankie Red Elk
  • Chris Surefoot
  • Sedrick Second
  • Leonard Postock
  • Eugene Pablo
  • Matthew Pablo
  • Sarah Mazy
  • Gloria Muti
  • Arthur Madrull
  • Ted Guardipee
  • Ned Casey
  • Jay Robidaux
  • I.J. Walker
  • Julia Escalanti
  • Danny Escalanti
  • Della Escalanti
  • Tony Fierro

Production crew[edit]

  • Written, Produced and Directed by Kent MacKenzie
  • Cinematography by Erik Daarstad, Robert Kaufman, John Morrill
  • Production by Ronald Austin, Sam Farnsworth, John Morrill, Erik Daarstad, Robert Kaufman, Beth Pattrick, Sven Walnum, Paula Powers
  • Additional Photography by Sven Walnum, Nicholas Clapp, Vilis Lapenieks.
  • Archive Photographs by Edward S. Curtis
  • Editing by Kent Mackenzie, Warren Brown, Thomas Conrad, Erik Daastad, Thomas Miller, Beth Patrick
  • Music by Anthony Hilder, The Revels, Robert Hafner, Eddie Sunrise
  • Sound by Sam Farnsworth
  • Sound Effects Edited by Thomas Conrad

Additional crew[edit]

  • Marvin Walowitz
  • Lawrence Silberman
  • Stuart Hanisch
  • Mindaugus Bagdon
  • Charles Smit
  • Judy Bradford
  • Ken Nelson
  • Ron Honthaner
  • David MacDougall
  • James Christensen
  • Stanley Follis
  • Ramon Ponce


  1. ^ Audio commentary by Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker DVD The Exiles
  2. ^ "25 new titles added to National Film Registry". Yahoo News (Yahoo). 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-30. [dead link]

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