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Lilies of the Field (1963)

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Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
Homer Smith
Lilia Skala Lilia Skala
Mother Maria
Lisa Mann Lisa Mann
Sister Gertrude
Isa Crino Isa Crino
Sister Agnes
Francesca Jarvis Francesca Jarvis
Sister Albertine
Pamela Branch Pamela Branch
Sister Elizabeth
Dan Frazer Dan Frazer
Father Murphy


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Lilies of the Field

2 years, 9 months 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

A good movie

1 week ago at Jan 25 12:35
To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be a little film with a very basic storyline after all. Indeed, it was basically about some random guy randomly running into a group of nuns and ending up building a chapel for them. Seriously, nothing else really much h... 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), Church (2), Desert (2), Workers (1), B & W (1), Germans (1), Best Lead Actor Oscar (1), Chapel (1), Sort (1), Catholic (1), Poitier (1), East (1), Overheating (1), Best Lead Actor (1), Roadside Services (1), Social Drama Film (1), 1960s Social Drama Film (1), HQ (1), Nuns (1)
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johanlefourbe posted a review 1 week ago

A good movie

“To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be a little film with a very basic storyline after all. Indeed, it was basically about some random guy randomly running into a group of nuns and ending up building a chapel for them. Seriously, nothing else really much happened through the whole thing. As a result, there was no bad guy and hardly any conflict between the few characters involved, and, despite a clear lack of dramatic tension, even if the damned thing was rather quaint and old-fashioned, I thought it worked actually well. Basically, it was a movie about decent people doing decent things and, even though I’m usually a cynical guy, I think it was ” read more

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" *Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American actor to be nominated an Academy Award *Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award *Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American actor to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor *Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor"


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"$6,000,000 to $7,500,000 - United Artists Budget: $240,000 "


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JxSxPx posted a review 2 years, 9 months ago

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.   There’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 Hollywood’ ” read more

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"25.2.18 A nice wholesome feel good film with black and whites working together in harmony. The conflict, that being the building of a chapel was not compelling enough to demand attention. Carries themes of friendship, immigration and Christianity. "


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