Lilies of the Field

1963

Action / Drama

5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 7498

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Sidney Poitier as Homer Smith
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Reviewed by HotToastyRag 3 / 10

An Oscar-winner but not that great

After losing the Academy Award for The Defiant Ones and not even being nominated for A Raisin in the Sun, Sidney Poitier finally took home the gold for Lilies of the Field. When you watch the film, it seems absurd that such a fine actor would win for such a silly performance. And as historic as his win was, it bears consideration why the Academy chose this particular film in which to award their first Best Actor award to a black actor. In the film, he plays a handyman who helps a group of nuns build a chapel. There's no love interest, no scene in which he proves himself amidst rampant racism, and no intense emoting that would even warrant a nomination. He's bossed around by a bunch of old, white biddies, serves God even when he initially doesn't want to, is valued for his back-breaking work rather than his intellect, and spends his free evenings singing "Amen" with the sisters. Does it really sound like the Academy made a racial breakthrough? Some might think the Academy knew it would have to cross the barrier sooner or later and chose to honor a role that would remind other black actors to "keep their place". Hattie McDaniel's win for Gone with the Wind placed her in the history books as a "sassy Mammy"; the Academy could have broken the barrier five years earlier and given an Oscar to Louise Beavers in Imitation of Life, but that was a meaty, emotional role. An African-American woman didn't win another Oscar until 1991, when Whoopi Goldberg was ignored for her serious role in The Color Purple and rewarded for her kooky role in Ghost.

If you thought my soap-box rant was a little too paranoid and you like watching Sidney Poitier movies, by all means rent Lilies of the Field. If the above paragraph intrigued you, watch the preview instead. You'll get the gist and you'll save yourself ninety minutes.

Reviewed by Mark Turner 10 / 10

Perfect Poitier

Movies are amazing in the fact that they can offer such a wide range of stories. At least they once did. Complicated political thrillers to horror films to slapstick comedy, all can be found on film. One thing that makes for some joyous moments though it when you take an incredibly simple story and fashion it into a memorable movie. Such is the case with this film.

Sidney Poitier stars as Homer Smith, a handyman who stops by a remote farm when his car overheats while he's heading west. Run by a group of Eastern European nuns they are glad to oblige once they get past their language differences. Noticing he's equipped with tools to use, their head Mother Maria Marthe asks him if he could help by fixing their roof. He does so and then spends the night, expecting to be paid the next morning.

That doesn't happen when it turns out the nuns have no money to offer. Relying on what they grow and a few items like milk and eggs they get directly from the source, they can't afford anything. Mother Maria puts him off for the time being and convinces him to help with a few more items, staying in return for dinner.

Payment doesn't arrive the following day as Mother Maria insists that Smith was sent to them by divine intervention in with the intent of helping them build the church they've been working on for some time now. He argues the point, still insisting as delicately as possible that he needs paid. A battle of wills follows in civil fashion between the two.

On Sunday morning he goes with the nuns to a nearby eatery where their weekly services are held from the back of a truck with a priest there to provide for the flock. Going into the restaurant he talks to the owner and learns about the hardships the nuns went through to escape and get to this country. By the time they head back he agrees to at least help them clear the foundation area for the chapel.

All of this back and forth carries on throughout the film. It's easy to guess up front if the church will be built or not by the end credits. What makes the story interesting is the fleshing out of the characters and the things that happen on the way there. Smith getting to know the nuns and helping them learn English, his teaching them the gospel tune he grew up with "Amen" which they sing with relish and his growing fondness for them all.

The movie is a feel good film with plenty of humor to have you laughing and enough emotional stirrings to play at your heart. There is no political undertones on display here, just the story of a group of people coming together to unite for something good. It's rare to see that these days and nice to be able to experience it here again.

Some might not think that being a black and white film it would benefit from a blu-ray release but it does offering the cleanest presentation I've seen of the film. What else could we expect from Twilight Time? Extras include an isolated score track with some effects, a commentary track with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman and the theatrical trailer. Once again Twilight Time limits their releases to just 3,000 copies so if interested pick up yours today.

Reviewed by thejcowboy22 7 / 10

Saturday put up a brick wall. That night watched Homer Smith build a chapel

Strange but true! On a cold cloudy March Saturday morning in 1974 I went to work for my Dad at his Boiler and heating company in Ozone Park,New York. My father acting as a General in the military, barking out the orders had about 12 men in his employ and sent them out to various locations throughout the New York metropolitan vicinity. I was sent with a crew of four to Jamaica, Queens to erect a brick wall to separate the newly added boiler room in a textile company. When I arrived at the factory, there were palates filled with cement bags and cinder blocks as far as the eyes can see. All day long I was mixing concrete and lifting blocks. When the long day was over I came home sore and tired. Put on the Television and saw a Black man arguing with a group of Nuns in the American southwest. Noticed the same cement cinder blocks and; well; my attention was held for the next 90 minutes. Sidney Poitier plays an unemployed heavy equipment operator Homer Smith who's station wagon just happens to overheat at the out-of-the way convent. Mother Maria (Lilia Skala) claims that Homer Smith or as she calls him "Schmidt" was brought here by divine intervention. She pesters him to all ends with demands on building a new house of worship. Smith gives in and agrees to build a chapel. I could feel his solitude and pain in that hot desert sun carrying bricks and mortar. The Arayaan Sisters in her Black Habits and poor Smith taking the complaining all day made this movie so plausible. Great supporting role by Stanley Adams as the philosophical cafe owner Juan. Mr. Ashton (Ralph Nelson) who currently employs Smith is amazed by the teamwork and moral obligations by the local people,(Mainly of Mexican decent), of this area give what they can in order to help Smith build with Bricks, wood, and in time a chapel sprouts up among the desert sands for all to see. Our heavy set cafe owner goes on."A place where children can receive the sacraments.For these men, for their children to have faith, it is important.To me it is insurance. To me life is here on Earth. I cannot see further. But, if there right about the hereafter. I've paid my insurance." You watch a chapel being built. First by the lonely Smith and little by little everyone joins in. Love the evening English lessons Smith gives the European sisters and rewards them with lollipops. The AMEN song is infectious and pleasing to the ear. Just a good feeling for a passerby in a station wagon who makes a difference in this small remote region of America. I give this one 7 church bells. AMEN!

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