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Lilies of the Field (1963)

Unrated | | Drama | 5 July 1963 (West Germany)
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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$240,000 (estimated)
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Shot on location in Arizona in only 14 days. See more »

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When Homer returns after his unexplained absence, he turns the car around and overtakes the Mother Superior. From a distance, it is obvious that he overshoots her by about fifteen feet, but the next shot shows he stops with her directly outside his car window. 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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By Jester Hairston
Sung by Sidney Poitier dubbed by Jester Hairston
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Sidney Poitier's Place in Cinematic History.
27 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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