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
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Considered to be one of fifteen films that changed American cinema. See more »
When "Schmidt" first takes the nuns to mass and he goes across the street to breakfast and orders pancakes, Juan pours the pancake batter on the griddle and continues his conversation with Smith. At no time does he ever flip the pancakes over and yet they don't burn. See more »
[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?
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At the end of the film, the word "Amen" is seen, rather than "The End". See more »
Sidney Poitier's portrayal is absolutely outstanding, winning him an Acadamy Award.
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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