Lilies of the Field

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MGM Released 1963

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Director:
Ralph Nelson
Released:
1963
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Lilies of the Field is a 1963 drama film directed by Ralph Nelson. The film is based on the novel by William E. Barrett, which was adapted into a screenplay by James Poe. Unemployed construction worker Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) is traveling throughout the American Southwest, living in his battered station wagon. Smith, a Baptist, is hired by a group of German nuns who have fled Communist Berlin and taken refuge in the United States. He performs some menial jobs for the Sisters, who soon beg him to help them construct a Catholic chapel in the area. He reluctantly agrees, and soon finds himself butting heads with the stubborn and somewhat distant Mother Superior (Lilla Skala). After temporarily quitting the project, Smith returns and rallies the entire community around the new chapel. Now he must collect money and construction materials if he wants to finish what he began. Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in this film.

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