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still from Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson, US 1963)

Lilies of the Field

Ralph Nelson / US, 1963 / 94 min.

Sidney Poitier was the first Black man to win a Best Actor Oscar as a helpful former GI who meets five nuns who have escaped from behind the Berlin Wall to a farm in Arizona. This heart-warming comedy drama on the magic of the everyday sparkles in its simplicity.

poster Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson, US 1963)
An unemployed construction worker stops at a remote farm in the Arizona desert to get water for his overheated car. The dilapidated farm is run by a group of Catholic nuns from East Germany, led by a strict Mother Superior who believes that this Homer has been sent by God to found a church in the desert.

Details

Director

Ralph Nelson

Production year

1963

Country

US

Original title

Lilies of the Field

Length

94 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

NONE or ENG

Format

DCP

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still from Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson, US 1963)
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