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Lilies of the Field (1963)

Unrated | | Drama | 5 July 1963 (West Germany)
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A traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.

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Homer Smith, an unemployed construction worker heading out west, stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict Mother Maria, who believes that Homer has been sent by God to build a much-needed church in the desert... Written by Christopher J. Thompson <thompson@amath.washington.edu>

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Sidney Poitier as the life-loving ex-GI who one day encounters five nuns escaped from behind the Berlin Wall... See more »

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Piety in the Sky  »

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$240,000 (estimated)
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The large wagon driven by Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) throughout the movie and which he apparently lives in while on the road is a 1959 Plymouth Sport Suburban. See more »

Goofs

When Homer leaves the nuns for the first time, the nuns must walk to mass along the road downhill. The sun is shining left to right across their faces casting a shadow on the ground to the right of screen. In all close-ups of the nuns, the sun is shining right to left (the complete opposite direction) across their faces. See more »

Quotes

Homer Smith: [the final English lesson] Oh, *I* built a chapel...
All of the sisters: *I* built a chapel.
Homer Smith: *You* built a chapel...
All of the sisters: *You* built a chapel.
Homer Smith: *We" built a chapel...
Mother Maria: [points to heaven] *He* built a chapel.
Homer Smith: [pause, then] Amen.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film, the word "Amen" is seen, rather than "The End". See more »

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Amen
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By Jester Hairston
Sung by Sidney Poitier dubbed by Jester Hairston
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A '49s-type Film In The '60s!
30 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It took me over over 40 years before finally seeing this film, and I'm glad I finally did. It's simply a nice story: nothing super, but a feel-good film to use the cliché. This reminded of the kind of movie you would more likely see in the 1940s with the emphasis on human interest with a "religious" theme to it. I expected Father Flanagan to show up any minute.

Instead, we got a good Baptist man played by Sidney Poitier, who won an Oscar for this performance. Since he's just about the whole movie, and does a great job start-to-finish, who can argue with his award? This certainly doesn't have the feel of a 1960s film. It must have been one of the last of its kind, giving credence to Christianity and having a nice tone throughout. There have been very few like this since then.

Poitier is really the only "name" member of this cast and he's in every scene. If you enjoy his acting, and a good performance in general with a story that will bring some smiles to your face for an hour-and-a-half, this is recommended.


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