Lilies of the Field Poster

Release Date: February 16th, 1963

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2001

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary
When traveling African-American handyman Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) stops by a farm in rural Arizona, he is welcomed by a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have emigrated from Germany. Realizing that the farm needs a lot of work, Homer takes on a number of repair projects for the women, who are led by the headstrong Mother Maria (Lilia Skala). Impressed by Homer's kindness and strong work ethic, the nuns come to believe that he has been sent by God to help build them a chapel.

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Isa Crino, Francesca Jarvis, Pamela Branch, Stanley Adams, Dan Frazer

Director: Ralph Nelson

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Rainbow Productions

Keywords: Friendship, Heartwarming, Quest, Rise, 1960s


Nominated Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Winner Promoting International Understanding
Winner Actor
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture