Lilies of the Field
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Lilies of the Field
Sidney Poitier plays Homer Smith, an aimless ex-GI who takes a temporary handyman job at a Southwestern farm maintained by five German nuns. It is the cherished dream of the Mother Superior (Lilia Skala) to build a chapel (or, as she says, a "shapel"). She is convinced that the personable Homer has been sent from Above to help her realize her dream. He protests loudly and rudely, but she will not be dissuaded. How Homer accomplishes her goal, endears himself to the surrounding townsfolk, and avoids an arrest for a previous crime, comprises the heart of Lilies of the Field. The film,… More
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"Ralph Nelson's melodrama is best known for featuring the Oscar-winning performance of Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win the male lead award."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despite the divergence in faith and culture, a tolerant ecumenical respect characterizes the relationship between Smith and the sisters."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Charmingly offbeat"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Lilies is a humble and humorous tribute to pride, faith, and perseverance, and that's more than enough. Amen."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Simple story about big hearts. Potier is wonderful."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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