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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

My car's thirsty.

Can I please have some water?

God is good.

He has sent me a big, strong man.

He didn't say anything to me about it.

I was just passing.

But you did not pass.

That is your... your car?

That's my home.

You fix und dann habe ich...

I have something you do.

I thank you very kindly, ma'am, but

I got places to go. Thanks for the water.

If it's for hire,

you got yourself one man for one day.

- Hire?

- You want me to work for you?

For hire means for money. I could build

a better fence than your girls.

Schwester Gertrude. Schwester Albertine.

Schwester Elizabeth. Schwester Agnes.

I am Mother Maria.

Pleased to meet you all. You've got a nice

family, ma'am. My name is Homer Smith.

- Homer...?

- Homer Schmidt.

Oh, Schmidt!

Herr Schmidt, no fence.

We do that ourselves.

Up there. The roof.

- You fix?

- It couldn't be leaking on a day like this.

- Roof only leaks when it rains.

- Was?

I'm only kidding. I'll fix it good.

- You use this.

- No, thanks. I've got my own.

(exclaim in German)

Can't do good work without good tools

and if you hire me, you get good work.


Schwester, das Bett in die Scheune.

- What's that?

- The bed you sleep.

- No. I got my own arrangements.

- You sleep in here?

Schwester, tragen Sie die Sachen zurck

ins Haus. Schmidt schlft in seinem Auto.

No, no, you got it just a little bit wrong.

The job is finished,

so you pay me and I take off.

- Take off?

- Thatta way.

You have such a hurry?

I'm hungry. I figured I'd find me a chilli

wagon and log another hundred miles.

We were not put on the earth

to hurry, Schmidt.

For supper, I ring the bell.


Jesu Christ, sei unser Gast und segne,

was du bescheret hast.


Himmlischer Vater...

Mge das Essen, das du uns gibst,

Homer Schmidt stark machen,

damit er deinen Willen erfllen kann.

- Amen.

- Amen.

Himmlischer Vater,

wir danken dir fr deinen Segen.

- Amen.

- Amen.

- You folks really eating off the land.

- Was?

Er sagt, wir leben

von den Frchten des Landes.

Oh, ja! Ja!

God sets a mighty poor table.

Soon we will have vegetables too.

And sometimes chicken.

- Well...

- You smoke?

- Yes, ma'am.

- You smoke is all right.

- I think I'd better be rolling.

- Do not make hurry.

We are from Germany,

from Austria and from Hungary.

We learn English.

Bitte senden Sie

den Diener auf mein Zimmer.

Please send the valet up to my room.

Please send the valet

up to my room.

Hier ist meine Wscheliste.

Here is my laundry list.

Here is my laundry list.

Fnf Paar Socken.

Five pairs of socks.

Five pairs of socks.

Zwei Nachtkleider.

Two pyjamas.

Two pyjamas!

- Pyjamas!

- Hold it.

I could speak English for you.

Warten Sie, Schwester.

Schmidt wird mit uns Englisch sprechen.

Oh, ja!

Sure. Anything you want to know,

just name it.

Fragen Sie ihn, was Sie wissen wollen.

What is name this?

- Phonograph.

- Phonograph.

Grammophon. Phonograph!

- Record.

- Record!

Phonograph record.

Phonograph record!

Phonograph record is black.

Phonograph record is black?


- Stove.

- Stove!

Stove is black.

Stove is black.

- My skin is black.

- My skin is black.

No. Her skin is white.

- My skin is black.

- White?

Wei. White is Wei.

Black is Schwarz!

Black is Schwarz.

No, we'd better get a... Watch me.

- Watch me!

- No watch. No watch. Sshh.

I stand up.

I stand up.

I stand up!

I sit down.

I sit down.

- I stands up, ya'll.

- I stands up, y'all!

We gotta get organised.

Everybody sit down.

Everybody sit down.

Everybody sit down.

Ah! Everybody sit down.

- You stand up!

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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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