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The Exiles (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 July 1961 (USA)
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Follows a family of Native Americans living in the City of Angels.


Kent Mackenzie (as Kent MacKenzie)


Kent Mackenzie (as Kent MacKenzie)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne Williams Yvonne Williams ... Yvonne
Homer Nish Homer Nish ... Homer
Tom Reynolds Tom Reynolds ... Tommy (as Tommy Reynolds)
Rico Rodriguez Rico Rodriguez ... Rico
Clifford Ray Sam Clifford Ray Sam ... Cliff
Clydean Parker Clydean Parker ... Claudine
Mary Donahue Mary Donahue ... Mary
Eddie Sunrise Eddie Sunrise ... Singer on Hill X
Eugene Pablo Eugene Pablo
Jacinto Valenzuela Jacinto Valenzuela
Matthew Pablo Matthew Pablo
Ann Amiador Ann Amiador
Sarah Mazy Sarah Mazy
Delos Yellow Eagle Delos Yellow Eagle
Gloria Muti Gloria Muti


Native Americans in Los Angeles. For 12 hours one Friday night, from late afternoon until dawn, we follow a handful of urban Indians. Yvonne is pregnant, commenting on her life and dreams as she shops, walks home, cooks dinner, and watches her husband Homer leave with his friends. Homer and his pals go bar hopping, play some poker, and end up, bottles in hand, with other Indians on a hilltop. During the night, the men pick up women, there are fights, there's camaraderie, and Homer reflects on life in the city versus life on the reservation. At dawn, Yvonne watches Hector from a window as he and two pals and two women head somewhere. "Let's do it again tonight," says one. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. See more »


In a scene where an older man is heard singing and playing an instrument under a tree, he is not doing corresponding actions in a long-shot. See more »


References Hell Below Zero (1954) See more »

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Life without hope
30 December 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

There are some real classics out there but you have to search with information from those who are in the know concerning great films and great filmmakers.

Kent MacKenzie gives us a 24-hour slice of the life of a young couple who moved from the reservation to Los Angeles in the 50s. I can go back and appreciate this now that I am older; much more than I would have at 11.

It is not a pretty picture. The men didn't work and spent their time drinking and gambling and hanging out. The wives were expected to feed them, clean their clothing, and give them what money they had.

There was a real fatalism in their voices and attitudes. Life was a party, and if things didn't work out, you could always go back to the reservation. Doing time? No problem, I do it outside, so I can do it inside.

Added to the National Film Registry this year, it is a slice of life that shows no promise.

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13 July 1961 (USA) See more »

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$539 (estimated)

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$8,448, 13 July 2008

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