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While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigationof a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crimeand then asked to solve it! Finding the killer proves to be difficult, however, especially when his efforts are constantly thwarted by the bigoted town sheriff (Steiger). But neither man can solve this case alone. Putting aside their differences and prejudices, they join forces in a desperate race against time to discover the shocking truth.
Both riveting murder mystery and classic fish-out-of-water yarn, Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night represents Hollywood at its wiliest, cloaking exposé in the most entertaining trappings. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger prove the decade's most formidable antagonists. Poitier plays Virgil Tibbs, an arrogant homicide detective waylaid in Sparta, Mississippi; Steiger, in his bravura Oscar-winning turn, is Bill Gillespie, the town's hardheaded, bigoted sheriff who first arrests Tibbs for murder and then begs for his expertise. As the clues and suspects mount, Gillespie and his deputies develop begrudging respect for the black officer. The first-rate supporting cast includes Lee Grant as the victim's angry widow, Warren Oates as a voyeuristic deputy, William Schallert as the pragmatic mayor, and, in his screen debut, Scott Wilson (In Cold Blood) as an unlucky fugitive. The brilliant widescreen cinematography is by Haskell Wexler, and the scat-music score is by Quincy Jones. Ray Charles wails the blues theme song. --Glenn Lovell
Two of greatest performances these actors. The portrayal of the small southern in the 1960's is accurate and dead on. Read morePublished 8 days ago by william miller
Lived in rural South in the period reflected. Not much of an exaggeration.Published 22 days ago by Edward
Personally, my favorite Sidney Poitier film is “Lilies of the Field” (1963), but this one, this is a slam dunk all–time classic mixture of excellent story, direction & acting. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Bowman
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"There are rumors that the Hillary campaign is responsible for quashing this dvd as it would tarnish her husband's legacy and make her run for the presidency more difficult."
Oh brother. Also, why is this in the discussion for 'In the Heat of the Night?'
Mar 6, 2009 by Jake | See all 3 posts
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