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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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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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1.66 : 1
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Considered to be one of fifteen films that changed American cinema. 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 »


Mother Maria: [ringing the dinner bell] Schmidt! Schmidt!
Homer Smith: Old Mother gonna feed the slaves?
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Crazy Credits

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


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By Jester Hairston
Sung by Sidney Poitier dubbed by Jester Hairston
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Just finished watching this movie and i must say it was perfect
22 August 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty neat film about a man who passes by who needs water as engine coolent so he asks some kind looking Nuns for some water and they ask him to fix the roof for some money he than gets doubed in makeing a Chapell this is how the movie starts. I like the acting on both side, i very well like the scenery it was a fantastic movie about relegion and how their is fate in people and how anyone will help their fello man out. Even tho it is in Black and white some youngsters would not give it another look but the movie takes the pie. Good for all ages heck im 15 and loved the movie.

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