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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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Cast

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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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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5 July 1963 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Piety in the Sky  »

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$240,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in La La Land (2016) See more »

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Amen
(uncredited)
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 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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