MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 357 this week

Lilies of the Field (1963)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 5,627 users  
Reviews: 69 user | 19 critic

A traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb + 2 more

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 27 Jul 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lilies of the Field (1963)

Lilies of the Field (1963) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lilies of the Field.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A white family has had the same black maid for many years. When she tells them she wants to go back to school and will be leaving soon, the 20ish year old son decides what she needs is a ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Abbey Lincoln, Beau Bridges
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter arrive for a month-long visit to London for dirt-bike racing and unexpectedly, a new romance for the widowed Dr. Younger. His new love interest is the ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Ester Anderson, Yvette Curtis
Brother John (1971)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An angel comes to Earth to see if the human race is worth saving.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman
Separate But Equal (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.

Director: George Stevens Jr.
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Having finished a tour of duty in the army, Homer returns to the chapel which, years before, he helped to build. Once again, he is inspired by the nuns' faith and selfless devotion, and ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Maria Schell, Fay Hauser
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Lisa Mann ...
Isa Crino ...
Francesca Jarvis ...
Pamela Branch ...
...
Juan
Dan Frazer ...
Father Murphy
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Perhaps The Most Extraordinary Story Of Courage, Conflict And Devotion Ever Filmed! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

5 July 1963 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Piety in the Sky  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Ralph Nelson had to put up his house as collateral. See more »

Goofs

After Homer Smith leaves the nuns the first time, they have to walk to Mass - apparently a fair distance. When he returns, he picks them up in his car as they are walking to Mass but they still arrive just as Mass is beginning. They should have arrived much earlier as they thought they were walking the entire distance. See more »

Quotes

Homer Smith: [one of the nuns has just given Homer his breakfast; one fried egg and a half cup of milk] That's a Catholic breakfast, ain't it?
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Amen
(uncredited)
By Jester Hairston
Sung by Sidney Poitier dubbed by Jester Hairston
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Superb Film
5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the fine work done by Sidney Poitier during his heyday, this film stands out as the most accessible, the most likable and the most heartwarming. Poitier's portrayal of itinerant builder Homer Smith rings true throughout, a man living life on his own terms...yet still a humane and involved individual.

This film has everything that brings good humor to a movie. The classic "fish out of water" premise, amicable cross-cultural confusion, joyous music...but it is much, much more than a mere comedy; much more than a simple drama.

This film was made in the thick of the civil rights movement. A black man in close juxtaposition to a group of white nuns was an eyebrow raiser in the 60's, as was the overall multicultural setting. White, black, Mexican, Anglo, German, Hispanic - all are tossed together with such a deft hand that the occasional nod to the prevailing racist attitudes of the time is almost brushed aside as the film skillfully makes its point. The emphasis here is on people doing as people should do...working and living together, helping one another and learning and growing from the experience.

Perhaps this is the time for any of us who has seen this film to see it again, and ask ourselves how the lessons of "Lilies of the Field" can be applied to the recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the relief of all the human misery that has resulted.


38 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What was the model of Homer's car? JB-36
If it gets any better than this I haven't seen it.... SurprisingWoman
Lyrics of 'Amen' nstrap
Where did Homer come from? Fasteddy1985
Ending messedupgirl77
One incorrect Goof rayarpt
Discuss Lilies of the Field (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?