The stern mother superior Lilia Skala is certain God has sent Smith for just that purpose, and all of Smith's words to the contrary fall on deaf ears in this Oscar-winning film from director Ralph Nelson. They share their different musical traditions with one another: their chants and his hymns. Poitier agrees, as long as they will supply the needed materials. All the work has been done and Smith is exhausted. Meanwhile, the nuns write letters to various philanthropic organizations and charities asking for money for supplies, but all their requests are denied. His unfulfilled dream impels him to agree to undertake the unpaid job of building the sisters a chapel.
After losing another duel of Bible quotes with Mother Maria, Smith acknowledges that he has always wanted to be an , but couldn't afford the schooling. An unemployed construction worker Homer Smith heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. As word spreads about the endeavor, locals begin to show up to contribute materials and to help in construction, but Smith rebuffs all offers of assistance in the labor. Los Angeles Times 20 Apr 1969: w1. Once the process is in motion, they end up doing as they intended, assisting in every aspect of the construction, as well as contributing materials.
It is the evening before the Sunday when the chapel is to be dedicated. 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. The nuns have no vehicle and thus ordinarily would walk the long distance to church. But it was a trendsetter in that it marked the first time that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ever awarded an Oscar to a black actor, Poitier. The nuns have essentially no money and subsist by living off the land, on what vegetables the arid climate provides, and some milk and eggs.
Homer Smith, an unemployed construction worker heading out west, stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. Instead, he takes the opportunity to get a proper breakfast from the trading post next door. The film was turned into a Broadway musical in 1970, retitled , with in the role of Mother Maria Marthe. Even Ashton, who has long ignored Mother Maria's pleas, finds an excuse to deliver some more materials. Until then, she stubbornly had thanked only God for the work, assistance, and gifts that Smith had provided to the nuns. Aimless ex-soldier Homer Smith Sidney Poitier is on his way to California when his car overheats in the desert. There he sees several women working on a fence, very ineptly.
Now, however, he is finally assisted by the local townspeople who refused to help him the first time around. It was produced and directed by. Meanwhile, he donates his small salary back to the nuns to buy food and spends his spare time teaching them how to speak English. 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. Poitier is a little tired of his aimless wanderings and not much convincing is necessary, even though they prevail on him to do a major project--the building of a chapel. Sidney Poitier became the first African American actor to win a best actor Oscar for his role as Homer Smith, a itinerant handyman.
It is a touching moment between two strong personalities. Now that there is nothing more to keep Smith among them, Mother Maria, too proud to ask him outright to stay, insists that he attend the opening Mass next day to receive proper recognition from the congregation. 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. And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. It tells the story of an worker who encounters a group of , who believe he has been sent to them by God to build them a new chapel. As he gains a larger and larger audience for his efforts, the locals, impressed with his determination, but no less dogged than he, will content themselves no longer with just watching.
He stays overnight, assuming that he will be paid in the morning. It had no spectacular action or dance sequences and surely no violence. This was a small, low-budget picture that went straight for the heart and succeeded critically as well as financially. When Sunday comes, Mother Maria informs Smith that he will be driving the sisters to Mass in his station wagon. Enduring the hassles of coordinating the work of so many, the constant disputes with Mother Maria, and the trial of getting enough materials for the building, Smith brings the chapel to completion, placing the cross on the spire himself and signing his work where only he and God will know. Not that it had any particular special effects or innovations in movies.
Poitier also won the at the. As Smith's skills and strengths become apparent to the nuns, they come to believe that he has been sent by God to fulfill their dream of building a for the townsfolk—who are Latino and impoverished—as the nearest church is miles away. He stops to get some water at an isolated farm and soon finds himself building a chapel for the nuns who live there. The title comes from Matthew 6:27-33, a portion of the , and its parallel scripture from Luke 12:27-30. Even after being stonewalled when asking for payment, and after being persuaded to stay for a meal, and against his better judgment, Smith agrees to stay another day to help them with other small jobs, always with the faint hope that Mother Maria will pay him for his work. It had no spectacular action or dance sequences and surely no violence. Mother Maria hears him start up his station wagon, but remains stolidly in her seat, singing along with the rest of the sisters, as Smith drives quietly off into the night.
It also features an early film score by prolific composer. He does a small job for the nuns, only to not get paid. Homer Smith, an unemployed construction worker heading out west, stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. Smith is invited to attend the Mass, celebrated by a roving priest not in a church but outdoors, but he declines because he is a. In talking to the proprietor, Juan , Smith learns about the hardships that the nuns, led by the unyielding Mother Maria, overcame to emigrate from Eastern Europe — over the — only to barely scratch out a meager living on the farm that was willed to their order. When building materials for the chapel run out, Poitier disappears and the nuns think he's abandoned them, but he returns a few weeks later to complete the job he started for the nuns he has come to love. The farm is run by five German nuns who immediately set upon him to help them with their manual labors.