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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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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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Piety in the Sky  »

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$240,000 (estimated)
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Filmed on location in the City of Tucson. The church doors were borrowed from the Chapel in Sasabe, Arizona. See more »

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After Smith is passed the bread plate at his first supper with the sisters, it disappears and reappears on the table between shots. See more »

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[Splashing himself with water outside]
Homer Smith: Oh! Why couldn't they have asked me to build a bathtub? With nice, *hot* water?
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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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Simply an Inspiration.
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A classic in the deepest sense. No movie I have ever know has inspired more people to go and act on their beliefs. This movie inspires the deepest feeling of hope and faith. It proves that from almost nothing great things can happen. It makes you really believe everything has a purpose even the most unassuming situations as long as one keeps their mind and heart open. Albert Einstein would have LOVED this movie. It fits well with some of his theories on Life. Everything is a miracle in this movie. This is Sidney Poitier greatest work. He shows that even just traveling through life amazing things are always possible. Simple things like unemployment as the Mr. Smith finds out open avenues to adventures never even thought of. I would highly recommend everyone just to watch this movie at least one time in their life.


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