Christmas Lilies of the Field

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Christmas Lilies of the Field
Genre Drama
Written by William E. Barrett
John McGreevey
Ralph Nelson
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Starring Billy Dee Williams
Maria Schell
Fay Hauser
Lisa Mann
Music by George Aliceson Tipton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Ralph Nelson
Producer(s) Toby Martin
Jack N. Reddish
Cinematography Robert B. Hauser
Editor(s) O. Nicholas Brown
Running time 100 min.
Production company(s) Osmond Productions
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release
  • December 16, 1979 (1979-12-16)

Christmas Lilies of the Field is a 1979 made-for-TV sequel to the classic film Lilies of the Field. In this sequel, directed by Ralph Nelson, Homer Smith (played by Billy Dee Williams instead of Sidney Poitier) returns to the Arizona desert where he had built the chapel for the nuns. This time, Mother Maria (played by Maria Schell) convinces Homer Smith into building a kindergarten as well as an orphanage by claiming that, since the chapel lacks a bell-tower and bells, the previous job was never completed.

The TV special was released on VHS in 1989.

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