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Lilies of the Field U

Part of Celebrating Sidney Poitier
USA, 1963, Ralph Nelson, 94m.

For his lead role in this light-hearted comedy, Sidney Poitier was the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actor. He plays an itinerant handyman who helps a group of European nuns who have settled in a remote village in the Arizona desert. Only the Mother Superior speaks English. They think he’s been sent as a gift from God to help them in building their chapel and that all they need do is feed him. He, naturally, assumes he’ll be paid for this work. While building the chapel he gives them English lessons and teaches them to sing American gospel music.  

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