In The Heat Of The Night

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MGM Released 1967

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Director:
Norman Jewison
Released:
1967
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In The Heat Of The Night is the highly acclaimed, racially charged 1967 mystery crime film, directed by the celebrated Norman Jewison (Moonstruck, The Hurricane, Fiddler on the Roof). Rod Steiger stars as town sheriff Bill Gillespie who finds himself stuck with a murder he's ill-equipped to solve and Sidney Poitier plays the deft Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs whose skin color ' as well as being a suspect - would deny him any effectivity in attempting to work this case on his own. The two start up rubbing each other the wrong way practically from the film's outset. Yet each somehow, in the process of investigation and discovery, reveals his own humanity to the other. By the time the investigation has found its unexpected reward in the killer of the industrialist, Gillespie and Tibbs aren't quite friends ... but they are a long way from the loggerheads they started out at.

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  • 90

    Slate

    Steiger got the best actor Oscar for his masterful, Method deep-dive portrayal of Gillespie, a man just smart enough to know he's neither as talented as Tibbs nor as ignorant as th...

  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A gripping and suspenseful murder mystery that effects a feeling of greater importance by its veneer of social significance and the illusion of depth in its use of racial color.

  • 80

    Empire William Thomas

    The twist-filled storyline, which digs up nasty secrets all over the show and offers a satisfying range of suspicious suspects and a truly disgusting killer, remains gripping, and ...

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60s, Classics, Crime, Detectives, Social Issues