Lilies of the Field

Synopsis: Homer Smith, an unemployed construction worker heading out west, stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict Mother Maria, who believes that Homer has been sent by God to build a much-needed church in the desert...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ralph Nelson
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations.
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94 min

- You stand up!

- You stand up.

- You sit down.

- You sit down.

- You sit down.

- We all stand up.

- We all stand up.

We all sit down!

We all sit down!

Please send a valet up to my room.

- Good night!

- Good n... Good night?

Good morning. Good morning!

Nein, nein. Guten Morgen.

Wenn Sie Deutsch sprechen wollen. Ja?

Good night.

- You can turn around now.

- You sleep, sleep!

Sie... Sie Faulpelz Sie!

Wissen Sie, wie spt es ist?

Die anderen arbeiten schon seit Stunden

und Sie liegen da und schlafen!

Jetzt tummeln Sie sich aber

und machen schnell!

You hold on one minute.

You just hold on one minute.

I ain't no nun.

I'm nobody you can boss around. See?

I get up when I feel like getting up

and if I don't wanna work, I don't.

Now if you just pay me, I'll be gone.

You go? No. You go eat now.

- I'll get my own chow.

- Eat!

What are you doing in here?

How come she ain't got you

digging ditches and chopping wood

and moving mountains?

Please... you slow talk?

I'm sorry.

That old lady has got a mean streak.

People have got to sleep. People

have got to have some joy in living.

People gotta...


That's a Catholic breakfast.

One egg.

That old lady don't hand out grub like

she hands out orders. Can I have coffee?

Coffee? Nein.

Ve no coffee.

- Schmidt.

- Mama.

We ought to get this straightened out.

I'll deduct for the dinner...

- And what you call breakfast.

- Come! Follow me.

- We build a shapel.

- It's very nice. What's a "shapel"?

Eine kleine Kirche. A cha... pel.

- Ve build a chapel right here.

- Who's "ve"?


- Lots of luck. I ain't building no "shapel".

- Ja, you.

Not only am I ain't building no "shapel",

I'm taking off! I ain't no contractor.

- That is for the beginning.

- No.

- I don't need all that work. No.

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James Poe

James Poe (October 4, 1921 – January 24, 1980) was an American film and television screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the movies Around the World in 80 Days for which he jointly won an Academy Award in 1956, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke, Lilies of the Field, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. He also worked as a writer on the radio shows Escape and Suspense, writing the scripts for some of their best episodes, most notably "Three Skeleton Key" and "The Present Tense", both of which starred Vincent Price. Poe was married to actress Barbara Steele from 1969 to 1978. more…

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