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Lilies of the Field (The Mischief Maker) (1963)

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Ralph Nelson Ralph Nelson
Mr. Ashton
Dan Frazer Dan Frazer
Father Murphy
Pamela Branch Pamela Branch
Sister Elizabeth
Lilia Skala Lilia Skala
Mother Maria
Francesca Jarvis Francesca Jarvis
Sister Albertine
Isa Crino Isa Crino
Sister Agnes
Lisa Mann Lisa Mann
Sister Gertrude


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Lilies of the Field

6 months, 1 week ago at Apr 22 2:21
A simple story that aims for emotional warmth and heart-tugging uplift, and succeeds, Lilies of the Field is a sweet little movie that charms. One of the Oscars earliest little movies that could, Sidney Poitier took points on the backend and director Ralph Nelson put his house up as collateral, this is the film that won Poitier his Oscar, a ceiling shattering piece of history. While no cinematic g... read more
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An unemployed construction worker (Homer Smith) 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 superior (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
Release date: 5 July 1963
UPC: 027616858962
Tags: Drama (4), 1963 (2), Desert (2), Church (2), Nun (1), Catholic (1), Religious (1), Overheating (1), Car (1), Religion (1), European (1), Oscar (1), Poitier (1), African American (1), Best Lead Actor Oscar (1), B & W (1), Book (1), Workers (1), East (1), Best Lead Actor (1)
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Lilies of the Field

“A simple story that aims for emotional warmth and heart-tugging uplift, and succeeds, Lilies of the Field is a sweet little movie that charms. One of the Oscars earliest little movies that could, Sidney Poitier took points on the backend and director Ralph Nelson put his house up as collateral, this is the film that won Poitier his Oscar, a ceiling shattering piece of history. While no cinematic giant like A Raisin in the Sun or In the Heat of the Night, Lilies of the Field still has considerable power despite its creakier elements. ย  Thereโ€™s no getting around it when you watch enough films of Sidney Poitier in a row: Lilies provides a respectable and safe character for him. One that folds easily into his burgeoning sexlessness and transformation into dignified symbol of Hollywoodโ€™ ” read more

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