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 <>

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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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5 July 1963 (West Germany)  »

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Piety in the Sky  »

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$240,000 (estimated)

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Shot on location in Arizona in only 14 days. See more »


When the nun is looking up verses in her large Bible with Homer, she obviously isn't turning to the correct passages. Proverbs is about center in a Bible, yet she turns to the beginning, and she finds Mathew too close to the end of the Bible. See more »


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


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.9 (2009) See more »


By Jester Hairston
Sung by Sidney Poitier dubbed by Jester Hairston
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Sidney Poitier's portrayal is absolutely outstanding, winning him an Acadamy Award.
27 October 1998 | by (Brea, Ca.) – See all my reviews

A touching film about a handyman who finds himself in a small desert town helping nuns to build their prayed-for chapel. Poitier's performance is incredible which eleavates an average movie to an excellent one. It can be rented but insist on the black and white version. The theme song "AMEN" is delightful and fits the film perfectly.

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