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Lilies of the Field (1963)

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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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5 July 1963 (West Germany)  »

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Piety in the Sky  »

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$240,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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When Smith starts to sing the final song he seems to have a cleaner shirt than the preceding scene. See more »

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Mother Maria: The Lions.
Sister Gertrude: Ya.
Mother Maria: The Elks.
Sister Gertrude: Ya.
Mother Maria: The Order of Moose.
Sister Gertrude: Ya.
Mother Maria: Kiwani's, what kind of animal is that?
Sister Gertrude: American.
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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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you can always trust Sidney Poitier
15 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

While driving through Arizona, Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) stops at a chapel run by a group of East German nuns. He intends to stay only briefly, but ends up building most of the chapel for them. Naturally, both sides are a bit unfamiliar with the other side: Homer has to explain to the nuns his life as a black man in America, and the nuns have to explain to Homer their mission in life.

As always, Sidney Poitier does a splendid job as a man forcing people to look into their own prejudices. In fact, his character is someone still looking for his path in life. Maybe some people might say that Poitier was essentially playing the same character that he always played, but we have to remember that this was a total break from the Stepin Fetchit mold that had dominated the image of black people for so long, so movies like "Lilies of the Field" were pretty important. Poitier's Oscar win for this movie was well-deserved.


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