Paramount at the Movies Presents: Summer Classics – Lilies Of The Field [NR]

Paramount at the Movies Presents: Summer Classics – Lilies Of The Field [NR]

Movies | 08/4/2021 | 7:00PM

1963 | NR | Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Perhaps The Most Extraordinary Story of Courage, Conflict and Devotion Ever Filmed!

Sidney Poitier plays Homer Smith, an aimless ex-GI who takes a temporary handyman job at a Southwestern farm maintained by five German nuns. It is the cherished dream of the Mother Superior (Lilia Skala) to build a chapel (or, as she says, a “shapel”). She is convinced that the personable Homer has been sent from Above to help her realise her dream. He protests loudly and rudely, but she will not be dissuaded. How Homer accomplishes her goal, endears himself to the surrounding townsfolk, and avoids an arrest for a previous crime, comprises the heart of Lilies of the Field. The film, adapted by James Poe from a novel by William E. Barrett, was later remade for television, and it won Poitier an Academy Award for Best Actor, the first time that award was given to an African-American.

Images courtesy of Park Circus/MGM Studios

Did you know?

  • Sidney Poitier gave up his usual salary and agreed to do the film for a smaller amount and a percentage of the profits. He won the Best Actor Oscar for his efforts.
  • When singing, the nuns were thought to have been too good. They were told to sing worse and sang horribly. The scene was dubbed over after the voices were flattened in editing.
  • In 2020, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
  • The film was shot on Linda Ronstadt’s father’s small ranch. There was no art director, but the Property Master, Robert Eaton, actually supervised the construction of the chapel adjacent to existing ranch buildings. The interiors of the Nun’s abode were filmed in these buildings.

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Ticket Prices

  • $ 5.00 Youth (12 & Under)
  • $ 6.50 Senior
  • $ 8.00 Adult

Schedule of Events

  • August 4, 2021 | 7:00PM
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Cast

  • Sidney Poitier as "Homer Smith"
  • Lilia Skala as "Mother Maria"

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