Lilies of the Field
Lilies of the Field (1963)

In this film, a traveling laborer meets five nuns in the Arizona desert. The appearance of Homer Smith convinces the Mother Superior he is an answer to her prayers. He wins the hearts of the nuns and the thanks of the town, as initial… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

There's not much dramatic urgency to the story, but that's perfectly fine: This is the sort of picture that gives wholesomeness a good name, and its life lessons are imparted in a leisurely and unforced manner.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Simple story about big hearts. Potier is wonderful.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Despite the divergence in faith and culture, a tolerant ecumenical respect characterizes the relationship between Smith and the sisters.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Charmingly offbeat

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Lilies is a humble and humorous tribute to pride, faith, and perseverance, and that's more than enough. Amen.

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Jim Hunter
A laborer accepts a group of nuns' requests to build a church. Is it possible for a film to be both evangelical and light-hearted? They seem like a… More
Lord Naseby
Wisenheimer's winning film. Now, let's get one thing perfectly clear before we start. THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME AND A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE!!!! this… More
Devon Bott
Sidney Poitier won an Oscar for his role in this story of the unusual collaboration between a group of german nuns and a traveling construction worker. He… More
Donna Dawson
What an endearing movie! A classic movie with great actor Sidney Poitier in this story of hope and faith. Great movie to watch especially around Christmas. :)
John Ballantine
Poitier does his usual thing..this time giving a grand performance with a bunch of nuns. While the move is good, it does border on poor sentimentality. For this… More
monty hawes
Excellent film with Sidney Poitier in an Oscar winning performance as Homer Smith, an ex-GI now traveling contractor. Homer is making his way through a small… More