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Lilies of the Field

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Ralph Nelson

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About the Movie

Homer Smith (Sidney 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 chapelfor 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.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Many factors combine in the overall success of the film, notably the restrained direction by Ralph Nelson, a thoroughly competent screenplay by James Poe, and, of course, Poitier's own standout performance. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jan 8, 2018

Fresh: An uplifting film that cemented the reputation of its star. – Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine, Jan 8, 2018

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Customer Reviews


Great movie, thought I buy it just for the heck of it. Glad I did it touches the heart, this movie is one for the colection.

A gem.

Nelson's direction of this movie is deft and admirable, just as is his (uncredited) role in the film. Great performances all around and each of the characters brings an important and genuinely human perspective to the whole. In an age of in-your-face spectacles, it is so refreshing to see this artful and poignant portrayal of the human condition, and the recognition that people of good will can have different points of view, be imperfect and yet join to create something transcendent. A movie for all time.

poignant and genuine

Great acting, The characters simply resonate with humanity. There is nothing contrived here. Just the gift of a touching story combined with excellent script and the kind of realism and substance you miss in a lot of movies made today. Sidney Poitier is wonderful. Movie is made in a way that reminds us that humanity is color blind. Kindness and faith transcend cultural differences. Reminded me a lot of Willa Cather's novel "Antonia".

Lilies of the Field
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1963

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