Lilies Of The Field


(out of 5)

In this very sweet-natured drama, a construction worker () in need of a job has car trouble and ends up among a group of Catholic nuns who have recently fled from Eastern Europe. They give him help, and in return they rope him in to a whole slew of construction work for them that is needed in their humble little convent.  shines as the wise and wry Mother Superior who believes that Poitier was sent directly by God for the purposes of helping her and her sisters out. Lots of deliciously fun moments, as well as meaningful ones, this one made its place in cinema history forever when Poitier became the first African-American actor to win an Oscar in a leading-role category (which wasn’t repeated again until Denzel Washington won Best Actor for Training Day, the same night that Poitier received his Honorary Academy Award).

Rainbow Productions

USA, 1963

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by 

Produced by Ralph Nelson

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1963

Golden Globe Awards 1963

National Board of Review Awards 1963.  

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