In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

DVD - 2008
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A black cop from Philadelphia is accused of killing a Mississippi town's most prominent citizen, and after he proves himself innocent, he is coerced into helping the chief of police solve the murder.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM/UA Home Video, c2008
Edition: 40th anniversary collector's ed., widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 INT NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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mooooks
Dec 14, 2015

Wonderful. Just discovering all these great old films - this one is a MUST SEE. Sidney Poitier does it again.

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JackPurcell
Apr 05, 2015

You need to spend a piece of your limited time left alive watching this instead of playing video games or getting drunk.

Scaltro Mar 31, 2015

Fantastic. well made, incredibly well acted.

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hoacornell
Nov 22, 2014

The movie is listed above as "Groundbreaking Classic Black Films" and I would add that it is also one of the finest films ever produced in the United States. All the cast shines, but especially Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. They play off of one another the entire movie. Warren Oats as a deputy sheriff really pulls the entire cast together. He is so humorous that it lightens the mood of the movie. There are few movies with a script and cast that could stand up to "In The Heat of the Night".

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garycornell
May 13, 2014

"In The Heat of the Night" you have two great performances. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. These two performances will go down in film history because they show racial bigotry for what it is. Sidney Poitier was perfect as the African American Detective. In the South, this was a new thing at the time. "In the Heat of the Night" makes my Top 20 films of All Time!

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Ron@Ottawa
May 05, 2014

This film is definitely dated, watching it now. Rod Steiger gave a great performance, but I have to say I find Sidney Portier's acting a bit too self-conscious. Still, a good watch overall.

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uzebdrumz
Oct 20, 2013

A very important film regarding discrimination, race relations, and forensic science. The geographic division of racial tension in the USA is palpable in this film and Virgil Tibbs has every reason to leave town. Astonishingly the police need his help and stubbornly, reluctantly accept him, while he does everything to establish his authority and defend himself, despite wanting to leave.

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swyckl
May 01, 2013

Well acted! Strong characters! Strong story! Is a good example of what racism was like in the past. We need the reminder so the mistake will not be repeated. Worth watching! Semi-fast pace. Not too much violence. Good for all ages.

voisjoe1 Feb 02, 2013

This 1967 movie, based on the 1965 John Ball novel, the first of a series of novels with Virgil Tibbs, an African-American detective, this one where Tibbs is visiting in the South and meets racism head on. The appearance of this movie made one think that perhaps America was beginning to face its history and culture of racial discrimination. Besides being such an important step in American history, it also was a great detective movie with two fine lead actors, Rod Steiger and Sydney Poitier. It won 5 Oscars, most notably for best movie and for best actor, Rod Steiger. The movie also won 3 Golden Globes, one for best movie, one for the writing, and one best Actor, Rod Steiger. Sydney Poitier was nominated for best actor. There were great hopes at the time that America was going to solve its racism problem, but once Obama was elected president, we saw that there was still great hostility to the idea of racial equality in America (especially in southern and mid-western states).

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slavaivashev
Dec 16, 2012

Outstanding movie!
Highly recommended!

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Bronco92
Apr 13, 2017

"They call me Mr. Tibbs".

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uzebdrumz
Oct 20, 2013

Gillespie: I didn't know you'd slap any white man! Least of all Endicott!

Tibbs: All right. Give me another day. Two days. I'm close. I can pull that fat cat down. I can bring him right off this hill!

Gillespie: Oh, boy. Man, you're just like the rest of us.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Virgil Tibbs: They call me MISTER Tibbs!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Chief Gillespie: I got the motive which is money and the body which is dead.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.

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