Rent The Exiles (1961)

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The Exiles chronicles one night in the lives of a group of young American Indians living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows this group of exiles -transplants from Southwest reservations - as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance. With its vivid, high-contrast blade and white photography, and soundtrack by The Revels, Kent Mackenzie's gritty, frills-free depiction of this marginalised Los Angeles community draws comparisons to John Cassavetes, Charles Burnett and Vittorio De Seta.
, Homer Nish, , , Clifford Ray Sam, Clydean Parker, , Eddie Sunrise, Eugene Pablo, Jacinto Valenzuela, Matthew Pablo, Ann Amiador, Sarah Mazy, Delos Yellow Eagle, Gloria Muti, , Arthur Madbull, Norman St. Pierre, Ted Guardipee, Marilyn Lewis
Kent MacKenzie
Kent MacKenzie
BFI Video
Release Date:
Run Time:
70 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Four shorts by Kent Mackenzie: Bunker Hill 1956 (1956), A Skill for Molina (1964), The Story of a Rodeo Cowboy (1962) and Ivan and His Father (1970)
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003): extracts from Thorn Anderson's film
  • Last Days of Angels Flight (1969): a short film by Robert Kirste
  • Bunker Hill: A Tale of Urban Removal (2009): a short film by Greg Kimble
  • White Fawn's Devotion (1910): a short film by James Youngdeer, thought to be the first directed by an American Indian
  • 2008 theatrical trailer
  • Feature commentary by Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker, plus audio interviews with Charles Burnett and a panel discussion with the cast and crew
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features

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Totally depressing - The Exiles review by CW

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Indians who grew up on reservations and are now unemployed alcoholics. Grim. Hopeless lives. No future.

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