Sidney Poitier won his first Academy Award for his performance as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field (1963). The Arizona desert is home to five German nuns who have come to America to farm and build a life for themselves and the migrant workers in the area. Filmed in black and white, this movie is a simple story of an itinerant handyman who builds a chapel.
Funny, charming, and sentimental Homer Smith will not be forgotten. His English classes for the young nuns are especially sweet. Lilies of the Field is a classic and the entire cast is excellent. The movie is uplifting, inspiring, and beautiful.