Lilies of the Field Reviews
Mother Maria: [the morning after a fiesta] Well, you are awake?
Homer Smith: Yeah, I guess so.
Mother Maria: Good.
[throws a cup of cold water in his face]
Homer Smith: Why'd you go and do that?
Mother Maria: The women last night, they say that is the only thing when a man has been mixing wine with tequila!
Homer Smith: I'm gonna mix you with tequila!
Godly love cements the happiness in this world . It can unite together and inspire all the people to achieve anything possible. The movie Lilies of the field tells the story of a Catholic Chappell being built by a whole town together inspired by a man named Homer Smith's effort. The movie imparts a sense of immaculate pleasure in viewing the Chappell being built with integrity in a very inducing way. The pure happiness that we get from the movie at the end makes up for most of the movie's minor glitches here and there. The movie adapted from the works of novelist William F Barrett by James Poe is simply graceful and aesthetic in its unique way. The performances by the Cast is top notch and superb. The potential of the legend Sydney Poitier was first praised through this movie which incidentally got him an Academy award for Best actor. The Charismatic and energetic screen presence of this man is extraordinary. The open and confident style of this man is unique and inspiring. The inspiration imparted by him to the modern actors can be experienced when watching Lilies of the field. The stories base or foundation is thin and might not be strong and can be despised for a lack of originality. But the well supervised and accurately written script guarantees true and unabridged entertainment. Although this is in a way a Christian movie the basic message intended towards humanity is to praise the lord whoever it is that you believe. The director Ralph Nelson has done a good job in bringing a low budget simple movie in the most elegant and polished state of art. The pleasing and emotional performance by Sydney Poitier and Lilia Skala makes this movie a must watch and an assured entertainer for everyone .
My rating : A-
Now, let's get one thing perfectly clear before we start. THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME AND A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE!!!! this film probably has the most heart and charm of any film I have ever seen.
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. Matthew 6:28. King James Version.
Acting/characters: As I'm sure most, if not all of you know, Sidney Poitier became the first African American actor to win Best Actor at the Oscars. Now, I haven't seen any of the other contenders (except for Tom Jones and that movie was garbage) but from what I have seen, Poitier definitely deserved the award. Lilia Skala, who played the commanding Mother Superior did an excellent job as well and it was really fun to see their two head-strong personalities clash. But the real joy of this movie is watching Poitier interact with the other four nuns especially the scenes where he is teaching them English, particularly the first time. The performances were overall very very good and Poitier and Skala did excellent jobs as the lead characters. 10/10
Plot: it is one of the best, most heartwarming films I have ever seen. Once you get a good idea of what it is about, you generally know how it is going to end and where it is going to go. For a different kind of film, that can hurt it but not this one. I found myself laughing because I was so...touched by how the characters interacted with each other. even the moments where Homer Smith and Mother Maria are butting heads, I still get the feeling that they have a mutual respect for each other even if they don't know how to show it. The driving point of the plot is definitely character relationships and boy are they really well done here. It was a highly well done and very entertaining plot that kept my interest the entire time. 10/10
Screenplay: I got the feeling that this one took a backseat to the character aspect of the film but I think that it doesn't hurt the film at all. I think it was a perfectly fine screenplay and it was very well done. It was mostly in English but it also had bits and pieces of German in there too which I think worked very well as the four other nuns who weren't Mother Maria only spoke German. Them turning to Mother Maria eagerly waiting for her to translate the last thing Homer smith said to them was just awesome and it just made them more...lovable. I think the writer did a fine job writing this film. Behind good characters and performances there is a great screenplay. 10/10
Likableness: I highly enjoyed this one and it is one of the best films I have seen in a long time. I am glad that I watched it. for those of you out there who haven't seen this film, GO SEE IT SOON!! You will enjoy it very much. I promise you. The performances are stellar, the story is highly enjoyable and positively heartwarming. I highly enjoyed it and I would have no reservations about seeing it again. Poitier definitely deserved his Oscar for this one. It is just an all around very good film. 10/10
Final Score: 40/40 100% (P)
Tomatometer rating: 100%
Tomatometer rating if my review was added: 100%
TRIVIA TIME: 1. Since the story's action was tied to the chapel's construction, crew had to work through the night to keep up with it "progress" in the film. The actual building was real and could have stood for decades, but because it was built on rented property, it had to be demolished immediately after the filming was completed.
2. Actor 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.
3. Director Ralph Nelson had to put up his house as collateral.