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Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 16 December 1979
Homer Smith returns to the chapel which, years before, he helped to build to find that the nuns have taken in a group of homeless/unwanted/runaway children. Once again, he is inspired by ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Mann ...
Hanna Hertelendy ...
Judith Piquet ...
Donna Johnston ...
Harold Pruitt (as Bob Hastings)
Jean Jenkins ...
Fred Hart ...
Father Brian Connor
Sam Di Bello ...
Dr. Mike Robles
Timmy Arnell ...
Oliver Nguyen ...
Regina 'Peachy' Simons ...
Julie Delgado ...


Homer Smith returns to the chapel which, years before, he helped to build to find that the nuns have taken in a group of homeless/unwanted/runaway children. Once again, he is inspired by the nuns' faith and selfless devotion, and this time he builds an orphanage and a little school for the children. Written by S. Muller

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16 December 1979 (USA)  »

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The Set Decorator, Don Remacle, had studied for the Catholic Priesthood, changing his career objectives after attending the Pasadena Playhouse Drama School. With his knowledge of the Church, all Altar and ceremonial procedures, he advised Ralph Nelson and Maria Schell on everything related with the Chapel scenes, including all the set dressing related actions or scene motivations. Remacle also advised the costume designer, Dyke Davis, on all the Nun's wardrobe and accessories. Don Remacle quit his Fairfax- Beverly Blvd CBS TV staff set decorator position to work on this Provo, Utah location film assignment. Upon completion of the NBC TV MOW, Remacle returned to Los Angeles, immediately going to work on a film television series at Universal-MCA Television; then, onto an illustrious film set decorating career working with director George Cukor's 1981 film "Rich and Famous". See more »


[first lines]
Mexican worker: [as Homer climbs down from the chapel steeple] Senor Homer... will we have bells?
Homer Smith: Someday.
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Follows Lilies of the Field (1963) See more »

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Imitation is NOT the best form of flattery in this case.
6 July 2002 | by (des moines) – See all my reviews

While I enjoyed this film, I feel that there were a couple of problems with it.

The first is that it was shot in color. Having seen the original Lilies of the Field in black & white, there was a certain "feeling" about seeing it in b/w, and somehow seeing the sequel in color just didn't do it for me.

The second is with the role of Homer Smith. While I had no problem with Billy Dee Williams playing the role, I have a big problem with him mimicking the voice inflections, hand motions, and movments of Sidney Poitier. I felt that it was too contrived.

Sidney Poitier was the perfect actor in the original Lillies of the Field back in '63, he has certain mannerisms and vocal inflections that make him who he is.

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