Lilies of the Field Movie Review 1963

Information and Film Reviews for Lilies of the Field the Movie

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Five former East German nuns, living on a small farm in the Southwest U.S., enlist the aid of a free-spirited Army veteran Homer Smith (Poitier) to build a chapel for them and teach them English. Poitier is excellent as the itinerant laborer, holding the saccharine to an acceptable level, bringing honesty and strength to his role. Actress Skala, as Mother Maria, had been struggling to make ends meet in a variety of day jobs until this opportunity. Poitier was the first African American man to win an Oscar, and the first African American nominated since Hattie MacDaniel in 1939. Followed by "Christmas Lilies of the Field" (1979).

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Ignatius Press, Distribution Center, PO Box 1339, Fort Collins, CO 80522-1339, Phone: (970)221-3920, Toll-free: 800-651-1531, Fax: (970)221-3964, Email: info@ignatiuspress.com, URL: http://www.ignatiuspress.com

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 94 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Nuns & Priests, Postwar, African America, Kindness of Strangers
Screenplay
James Poe
Cast
Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Isa Crino, Stanley Adams, Francesca Jarvis, Pamela Branch, Dan Frazer, Ralph Nelson
Cinematography
Ernest Haller
Director
Ralph Nelson
Music
Jerry Goldsmith
Other
John McCafferty
Producer
U.A., Rainbow Productions

Awards

Oscars 1963: Actor (Poitier); Berlin Intl. Film Fest. 1963: Actor (Poitier); Golden Globes 1964: Actor--Drama (Poitier).

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