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Lilies of the Field

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Original title
Lilies of the Field
Running time
97 min.
United States United States
James Poe (Novel: William E. Barrett)
Jerry Goldsmith
Ernest Haller (B&W)
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Rainbow Productions
Drama | Small Town Life (North-american). Religion
Synopsis / Plot
Sidney Poitier--who would later star in such unforgettable films as TO SIR, WITH LOVE; GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT--won an Academy Award for best actor for his standout performance in this modest, beautiful 1963 film. LILIES OF THE FIELD is directed tenderly and with restraint by Ralph Nelson from a light-handed yet deeply effective screenplay by James Poe, based on a novel by William E. Barrett. Poitier plays the role of Homer Smith, a journeyman laborer, who is roaming the countryside, drifting and working. One day he stops at a farm and meets up with five nuns. Lilia Skala is formidable and endearing as Mother Maria, the highest-ranking sister, who is convinced that God has answered her prayers and sent Homer to fix the roof. Staying and working in the peaceful calm of the Arizona desert, Homer learns more from the nuns than he ever could have anticipated.
1963: Oscar: Best Actor (Sidney Poitier). 5 Nominations
1963: 2 Golden Globes: Best Film Prom. Int. Understanding and Actor (Poitier). 4 Nom.
1963: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1963: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Comedy Screenplay
1963: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actor (Poitier), OCIC and Interfilm Awards
1963: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
1964: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best Foreign Actor (Sidney Poitier)
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