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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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Complete credited cast:
... Homer Smith
... Mother Maria
Lisa Mann ... Sister Gertrude
Isa Crino ... Sister Agnes
... Sister Albertine
Pamela Branch ... Sister Elizabeth
... Juan
... Father Murphy
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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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5 July 1963 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Piety in the Sky  »

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$240,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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The title comes from the Sermon on the Mount. 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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Mr. Ashton: Say, where'd you get all the material?
Juan: The people give them, Senor.
Mr. Ashton: What for?
Juan: A man, he gives wood... bricks. In time, what does he get? A chapel... a place where his children can receive the sacraments. To these men, for their children to have faith, it is important.
Mr. Ashton: Is that why you're here?
Juan: To me, it is insurance. To me, life is here on this earth. I cannot see further, so I cannot believe further. But, if they are right about the hereafter, I have paid my insurance, Senor.
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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
(uncredited)
By Jester Hairston
Sung by Sidney Poitier dubbed by Jester Hairston
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A '49s-type Film In The '60s!
30 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

It took me over over 40 years before finally seeing this film, and I'm glad I finally did. It's simply a nice story: nothing super, but a feel-good film to use the cliché. This reminded of the kind of movie you would more likely see in the 1940s with the emphasis on human interest with a "religious" theme to it. I expected Father Flanagan to show up any minute.

Instead, we got a good Baptist man played by Sidney Poitier, who won an Oscar for this performance. Since he's just about the whole movie, and does a great job start-to-finish, who can argue with his award? This certainly doesn't have the feel of a 1960s film. It must have been one of the last of its kind, giving credence to Christianity and having a nice tone throughout. There have been very few like this since then.

Poitier is really the only "name" member of this cast and he's in every scene. If you enjoy his acting, and a good performance in general with a story that will bring some smiles to your face for an hour-and-a-half, this is recommended.


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