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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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 94 minutes.

Cast and Crew

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


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

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