San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs is called in to investigate when a liberal street preacher and political candidate is accused of murdering a prostitute. Tibbs is also battling ... See full summary »
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
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Actor Sidney Poitier gave up his usual salary and agreed to do the film for a smaller amount and a percentage of the profits. He won the Best Actor Oscar for his efforts. See more »
When "Schmidt" first takes the nuns to mass and he goes across the street to breakfast and orders pancakes, Juan pours the pancake batter on the griddle and continues his conversation with Smith. At no time does he ever flip the pancakes over and yet they don't burn. See more »
Man donating chandelier:
[turns to see a Mexican couple with a beautiful chandelier]
Yes? Oh my. Well, we're going to have to find someplace special for this. Thank you.
[wife takes his hand in gratitude]
Well, take this to Mother Maria.
[turns to Ashton]
Everybody wants to give.
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At the end of the film, the word "Amen" is seen, rather than "The End". See more »
The film that until 2001 sported the only African-American Best Actor or Actress Oscar winner. Sidney Poitier (in an excellent Oscar-winning performance) stars as an unemployed handyman whose car breaks down in New Mexico. He is greeted by a group of German nuns led by Lilia Skala (Oscar-nominated). The nuns are in desperate need of a church and it just seems that Poitier is not going to be able to shake Skala and the various duties she imposes on him. A really great film that works due to Poitier more than anything else. He carried what could have been a disappointing production into cinematic history. Arguably the best film of 1963, "Lilies of the Field" continues to be a funny, dramatic and heart-warming film nearly 40 years after its initial release. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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