The Top 100 Inspirational Movies: 80 - 61
page 73 - Lillies of the Field
Poitier plays Homer Smith in this classic adapted from the 1962 novel Lilies of the Field. Smith is a drifter and
meets his destiny after stopping to attain water for his car in a small Arizona
town. He encounters nuns working feverishly and unsuccessfully on a fence and
offers to help with the hopes of receiving money in exchange. Smith, who once
dreamed of becoming an architect, stays overnight, assuming he would get paid.
He was asked again by Mother Maria to do more repairs—this
time the roof. Smith is roped into staying overnight with hopes of collecting
his money. The nuns realize that Smith was sent by God to help build the church
and press him to stay. Smith is a Baptist and isn’t amused about going or
building a Catholic chapel. By living with the nuns he learns the back-story of
Mother Maria’s adventure of climbing the Berlin wall to freedom. Smith’s heart
melts. He knew that despite donations of lumber and supplies, the nuns could not
clear the land or erect the beams for the chapel, and decides to remain and build
the church, where he inevitably fulfils his own dreams and the vision of the
~ Corine Gatti
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