Christmas Lilies of the Field

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 (his final project before his death), 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.

Christmas Lilies of the Field
Written byWilliam E. Barrett
John McGreevey
Ralph Nelson
Directed byRalph Nelson
StarringBilly Dee Williams
Maria Schell
Fay Hauser
Lisa Mann
Music byGeorge Aliceson Tipton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Ralph Nelson
Producer(s)Toby Martin
Jack N. Reddish
CinematographyRobert B. Hauser
Editor(s)O. Nicholas Brown
Running time100 min.
Production company(s)Osmond Productions
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • December 16, 1979 (1979-12-16)




Parts of the film were shot in Salt Lake City and Orem, Utah.[1] The TV special was released on VHS in 1989.


  1. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

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