Lilies of the Field

Directed by Ralph Nelson

Release Year: 1963
Running Time: 95
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
     

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Cast
Sidney Poitier
Lilia Skala
Lisa Mann
Isa Crino
Francesca Jarvis
Stanley Adams
Pamela Branch
Dan Frazer
Bobby Driscoll

Crew
Directed by Ralph Nelson

Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and winner of the Best Actor Oscar for Sidney Poitier (Paris BluesIn the Heat of the Night). Homer Smith (Poitier), an itinerant handyman, is driving through the Arizona desert when he meets five impoverished nuns. Stopping to fix their leaky farmhouse roof, Homer discovers that not only will the Mother Superior not pay him for the job, but she also wants him to build their chapel—for free! Hesitant at first, Homer soon finds himself single-handedly raising the chapel and the financing. But although he will not receive a monetary reward, Homer knows that when his work is done, he’ll leave that dusty desert town a much better place than when he found it. Ralph Nelson (Duel at DiabloCharly) wonderfully directed this gem of a motion picture featuring stunning black-and-white cinematography by the great Ernest Haller (Gone with the WindMildred Pierce).