Lilies of the Field

Lilies of the Field

Ralph Nelson (1963)

U Certificate


Our Score
Sidney Poitier won only the second Oscar for a black actor in 24 years (the first went to Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind) for his role here as an itinerant handyman helping German nuns build a chapel on barren Arizona land. James Poe's simplistic screenplay might have become sluggishly sentimental without Ralph Nelson's discerning direction and Poitier's sharp humour, and the film also benefits from the distinguished performance of Lilia Skala as a formidable mother superior.


A travelling handyman agrees to help five German nuns run their small Arizona farm - unaware they have a much bigger task in store for him. Drama, starring Sidney Poitier, Francesca Jarvis, Lisa Mann and Isa Crino.

Cast & Crew

Actor Sidney Poitier
Actor Lisa Mann
Actor Isa Crino
Actor Francesca Jarvis
Actor Lilia Skala
Director Ralph Nelson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD