In The Heat of the Night

  • CERT 12
  • 1967
  • 1 HR 46 MINS
  • 4 RATINGS
In The Heat of the Night

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Sidney Poitier, in one of his most-celebrated roles, appears as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia homicide detective who, while visiting a small Mississippi town, will find himself falsely arrested for a murder and then, in a strained collaboration with the town's sheriff (Rod Steiger), stays on to help solve the murder. Steiger's town is a backward "redneck" Southern burg whose population includes an aristocratic racist, the eccentric owner of a fly-infested diner, exceptionally stupid cops, young thugs who beat up "niggers" for the fun of it and a young woman who provocatively cools herself by standing nude at her window. When the murder is finally solved, Poitier and Steiger will part with reserve and distance, but with enormous respect for each other. Norman Jewison directed.

CAST AND CREW

Beah Richards Larry Gates Lee Grant Norman Jewison Rod Steiger Scott Wilson Sidney Poitier Warren Oates William Schallert

GENRE

Drama

CERTIFICATE

Contains moderate threat, sex references and discriminatory terms

RUN TIME

1 hour 46 minutes

RELEASED

1967

In The Heat of the Night
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