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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

Language:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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With the death of Maximilian Schell on February 1, 2014, Sidney Poitier is the earliest surviving actor to have won the Academy Award for Best Actor. See more »

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When the nun is looking up verses in her large Bible with Homer, she obviously isn't turning to the correct passages. Proverbs is about center in a Bible, yet she turns to the beginning, and she finds Mathew too close to the end of the Bible. See more »

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Man donating chandelier: Senor...
Homer Smith: [turns to see a Mexican couple with a beautiful chandelier] Yes? Oh my. Well, we're going to have to find someplace special for this. Thank you.
Homer Smith: [wife takes his hand in gratitude] Well, take this to Mother Maria.
[turns to Ashton]
Homer Smith: Everybody wants to give.
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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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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 ccthemovieman-1See 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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