The legendary Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his moving performance in this inspirational drama. Poitier plays Homer, a young drifter who meets up with a small group of nuns in the Arizona desert. The Mother Superior becomes convinced that Homer is God sent to build the sisters’ new chapel. The film was shot on a very small budget in just 14 days. Poitier even agreed to exchange his salary for a share of the film’s profits. It was the right decision, when Poitier accepted the revenue and the accolades.