Lilies of the Field Overview:

Lilies of the Field (1963) was a Drama - Comedy Film directed by Ralph Nelson and produced by Ralph Nelson and J. Paul Popkin.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by William Edmund Barrett published in 1962.

Academy Awards 1963 --- Ceremony Number 36 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorSidney PoitierWon
Best Supporting ActressLilia SkalaNominated
Best CinematographyErnest HallerNominated
Best PictureRalph Nelson, ProducerNominated
Best WritingJames PoeNominated

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Lilies of the Field (1963)

By Beatrice on Jan 13, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Lilies of the Field Directed by Ralph Nelson Written by James Poe from a novel by William E. Barret 1963/USA Rainbow Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Here’s another one I saw in my youth. ?I still love the humor and Sidney Portier’s performance. Homer Smith (Portier) is dri... Read full article

Lilies of the Field (1963)

By Amanda Garrett on Feb 18, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing the inspirational film, Lilies of the Field (1963), starring Sidney Poitier as an itinerant carpenter who helps a group of nuns build a chapel. This article is part of the 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema. Watching the inspiratio... Read full article

Lilies of the Field (1963)

By Crystal J. Anderson on Oct 5, 2012 From Classic Film Review

Director: Ralph Nelson Writers: William Edmund Garrett (novel) and James Poe (screenplay) Music: Jerry Goldsmith Theme Song: “Amen” composed by Jester Harrison Genre: Drama/Comedy Main Cast: Sidney Poitier - Homer Smith (“Schmidt”) Lilia Skala - Mother Maria Lisa Mann ? Siste... Read full article

Lilies of the Field

By Alyson on Dec 14, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Many times, movies about religion just leave a bitter taste in my mouth. ?Their agenda simply becomes preaching, converting the non-believers and depicting the punishments of the unholy. ?I don?t care to watch someone give my soul an ultimatum. ?Movies are meant to be an escape, that safe place wher... Read full article

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Quotes from

Mr. Ashton: Say, where'd you get all the material?
Juan: The people give them, Senor.
Mr. Ashton: What for?
Juan: A man, he gives wood... bricks. In time, what does he get? A chapel... a place where his children can receive the sacraments. To these men, for their children to have faith, it is important.
Mr. Ashton: Is that why you're here?
Juan: To me, it is insurance. To me, life is here on this earth. I cannot see further, so I cannot believe further. But, if they are right about the hereafter, I have paid my insurance, Senor.

Homer Smith: [one of the nuns has just given Homer his breakfast; one fried egg and a half cup of milk] That's a Catholic breakfast, ain't it?

Juan: I cannot see further and I cannot believe further.

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Facts about

Director Ralph Nelson had to put up his house as collateral.
Since the story's action was tied to the chapel's construction, crew had to work through the night to keep up with it "progress" in the film. The actual building was real and could have stood for decades, but because it was built on rented property, it had to be demolished immediately after the filming was completed.
Shot on location in Arizona in only 14 days.
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