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Lilies of the Field (1963)

Unrated | | Drama | 5 July 1963 (West Germany)
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A travelling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

James Poe (screenplay), William E. Barrett (novel)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Homer Smith
Lilia Skala ... Mother Maria
Lisa Mann Lisa Mann ... Sister Gertrude
Isa Crino Isa Crino ... Sister Agnes
Francesca Jarvis ... Sister Albertine
Pamela Branch Pamela Branch ... Sister Elizabeth
Stanley Adams ... Juan
Dan Frazer ... Father Murphy
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Storyline

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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"He is not of our faith nor of our skin," said Mother Maria. "But his is a man of greatness..." See more »

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Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

5 July 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Piety in the Sky See more »

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Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Rainbow Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Sidney Poitier "sings" throughout the movie. In his autobiography, he states he is tone-deaf- unable to sing on key. See more »

Quotes

Homer Smith: Gringo? I don't know if that's a step up or a step down from some other things I've been called.
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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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Referenced in American Dreams: The One (2003) See more »

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Amen
(uncredited)
By Jester Hairston
Sung by Sidney Poitier dubbed by Jester Hairston
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Wow What a Movie!
10 May 2004 | by preston-17See all my reviews

So many of the comments are so eloquent and they all seem to reflect my own reactions, I would not want to muddy the waters by echoing them. One thing that struck me that was not mentioned was the incredibly thoughtful composition of the scenes in the film. The positioning of the tiny cross above the door in the main house was almost heartbreaking. The positioning of the crane in 2-3 scenes was extremely imaginative. When Homer ran up the stairs "into the light" (sunlight) of the Nun's roof I felt myself as uplifted as Homer Smith. The technique of the "camera moving away from the actors" in the early scene of the Sisters following after Homer's car as he went to leave was extremely powerful. I wondered if this technique would be used again or possibly overdone. It was only used one more time, very briefly, so as to not trivialize its initial use... What an amazing level of artistic discipline. I'll say it as well, this may be the most perfect film ever made.


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