It was one in a series of films that would culminate to create a screen legend and an American icon that Sidney Poitier is regarded as today. Despite the critical opinions of outsiders as well as misunderstandings between the main characters along the way, each comes to respect the other and also effect changes in the thinking of those around them. Films like Lilies of the Field are hardly being made anymore. It carved an indelible landmark in cinema history, being well received as a social commentary of decency in a real world climate of interracial unrest. Homer gets pulled in by the nun's plight, and is soon doing a larger construction job for them.
But although hewill 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. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict Mother Maria, who believes that Homer has been sent by God to build a much-needed church in the desert. He reluctantly agrees, and soon finds himself butting heads with the stubborn and somewhat distant Mother Superior Lilla Skala. He agrees to help a group of German nuns for a day's wages, but Mother Superior, as played by Lilia Skala, sees him as her deliverer sent to build them a chapel. One can only conjecture how much a name like Lilia influenced the decision to cast her.
I'd known when I saw them in Denzel's movies that they reminded me of something or someone, but couldn't put my finger on what the something or who the someone was until I watched this movie again recently. Humorous clash occurs between traditional nuns and Baptist working man. If you've tired of all the special effects and car crashes of today's movies, this is a clear throwback to when movies relied on story and actor to enthrall their audiences. A real treat to watch again and again and at such a cheap price well worth owning. A classic that I've loved for many years. Such massive studio efforts are to be lauded and applauded, but balancing the cinematic mix with a simple tale well told is always a welcomed respite.
By the end of the film, all who are involved have changed for the better. Smith, a Baptist, is hired by a group of German nuns who have fled Communist Berlin and taken refuge in the United States. They are rare gems in a sea of inflated budgets and action driven escapades. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior Mother Maria , who believes that Homer has been sent by God to build a much needed church in the desert. He protests loudly and rudely, but she will not be dissuaded. Sidney Poitier also agreed to work on a deferred payment status, taking no upfront salary for his efforts.
It's all about differences and eventual harmony - From the goodness in others to the humility. A refreshing perspective on the paradigm of religious diversity, race, and culture which still has resounding reverberations in today's current zeitgeist, this film has a built in esteem and universal appeal that has not waxed and waned with the passing of time. The film, adapted by James Poe from a novel by William E. Now he must collect money and construction materials if he wants to finish what he began. Unemployed construction worker Homer Smith Sidney Poitier is traveling throughout the American Southwest, living in his battered station wagon. Sidney Poitier is a great actor which is demonstrated in this endearing movie. It's an uplifting story of faith and the power of belief not only in God, but in our fellow man.
From these modest and nearly quelled beginnings sprang the stuff of legends. Very well acted by Mr. There were several scenes in which Poitier's expressions or mannerisms reminded me of some I'd seen Denzel employ. Soon he is caught up in the nuns' expectations while at the same time, perhaps finding his own sense of purpose in their chapel. I love the music and the story.
An unemployed construction worker Homer Smith heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. No matter your faith, I imagine your toe will be tapping and you'll be singing Amen. Poitier plays Homer Smith, a handyman living out of his car and traveling the country looking for work. Lilies of the Field is a 1963 drama film directed by Ralph Nelson. Sidney Poitier, the film's lead, won the Oscar for Best Actor, a historical moment in American cinema, for he was the first African American man to be bestowed this honor.
Black and White, Protestant and Catholic - It is a beautiful and gently humorous tale that should be mandatory for all humans to watch. Homer Smith, an unemployed construction worker heading out west, stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. Lilies of the Field is an Academy Award winning film that was released by United Artist in 1963. For rest of the episodes, we provide direct link to original creator website. The entire cast is excellent. She is convinced that the personable Homer has been sent from Above to help her realize her dream.