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Lilies of the Field

  • Drama
  • 1963
  • Ralph Nelson
  • 90 mins
  • U

Summary

Drama starring Sidney Poitier. With nothing better to do, and hoping to get paid, travelling handyman Homer Smith helps out five German-speaking nuns on their small Arizona farm. However, they hope he can be beguiled into undertaking a much bigger task for them.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Homer SmithSidney Poitier
Mother MariaLilia Skala
Sister GertrudeLisa Mann
Sister AgnesIsa Crino
Sister AlbertineFrancesca Jarvis
Sister ElizabethPamela Branch
JuanStanley Adams
Father MurphyDan Frazer
Mr AshtonRalph Nelson

Crew

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DirectorRalph Nelson

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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