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  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North, Fred Beir
  • Directors: Don Medford
  • Writers: James R. Webb, John Ball
  • Producers: Walter Mirisch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Organization" on IMDb

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Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* Sidney Poitier (In the Heat of the Night) reprises his role as Lt. Virgil Tibbs in this taut drama that exposes the ruthless, high-stakes world of international drug trafficking. Co-starring Raul Julia (Presumed Innocent), this action-packed (Variety) crime thriller is edge-of-the-seat entertainment (Los Angeles Times). Under the cover of darkness, six masked figures raid a seemingly respectable furniture factoryand steal a multimillion-dollar cache of heroin! But these are no ordinary crooks. They're a passionate band of former users-turned-vigilantes whose frustration with the law's inability to combat the city's drug problem spurs them to take on a powerful narcotics ring. After contacting Tibbs, they confess to the break-in, beg him to keep silent and ask for his help. But once he reluctantly agrees to operate outside the law, Tibbs soon finds himself at odds with the police and a ruthless drug syndicate that will stop at nothing to silence him! *1963: Actor, Lilies of the Field; 2001: Honorary Award

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The Organization was the second and final sequel to 1967's In the Heat of the Night and sees Sidney Poitier's homicide detective Virgil Tibbs called in to investigate the murder of a factory manager. In a lengthy, dialogue-free opening (the film's best sequence), it appears that we are witnessing the culprits in action. However, this group turns out to be a gang of idealistic young vigilantes who knew that the factory was a front for an international drugs cartel--the Organization of the title--and have made off with a haul of $5 million worth of heroin secreted there. Suspected of the manager's murder, they meet Tibbs and seek his cooperation. He agrees to help them, pitting himself not only against the Organization but his own police department.

Set in San Francisco, The Organization invites invidious comparisons with Bullitt: its somewhat cheesy contemporary soundtrack, derived from Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, certainly marks it as a piece of its period, as do the occasionally less-than-convincing action sequences, risible acting, and far-fetched plot. Poitier, as ever, lends the film a certain dignity and poise, worthy of better material to work with than this. The film is also notable for providing early showcases for two of Cop TV's most famous captains: Daniel J. Travanti (Hill Street Blues) and Bernie Hamilton (later Captain Dobey in Starsky & Hutch) are both assigned minor roles here. --David Stubbs

Customer Reviews

It has a fairly good plot and sequence.
Mr. Algene Burns
It was close to perfect and set in one of the Five greatest American cities-- San Francisco!!
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
Wooden acting,poor picture quality and a soundtrack that made my teeth grate.
Michael J. Hansen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
This review is for the video version of the movie. I have yet to see it on DVD. But I will say this: It was so enjoyable seeing it on Showtime that I remember wishing the movie would never end.

The movie starts with a heist. But what makes it (The First Scene Of Movie) so unique is that there is almost no dialogue for the first opening 10 minutes of the film. A style rarely used in Hollywood (Although Brian DePalma Has Been Known To Use The Technique).

SPOILER ALERT!!!

The group of youngsters who seek to take down the Organization (Mafia?) are a courageous and brave bunch. Unfortunately they are in over their heads. Drug dealers play for keeps, and they leave no live witnesses behind. The group of heisters are well-balanced and likeable (Save For Perhaps Joe) and one can only find oneself rooting for them. Had Joe not been found out they (The Group) might well have been able to hang onto the stolen skag indefinately.

When contacted by the group and asked for his help to undermine the Organization, Virgil Tibbs--against his better judgement--joins the revolutionaries in an effort to find out who is at the top of the Organization. Unfortunately things begin to unravel after Joe is beaten and later run over by the Mafia toughs attempting to recover the skag. From then on it goes downhill for the group as one of them is brutally murdured and another is shot down towards the end of the film.

I greatly liked this movie and I recommend it to those who enjoy a good mystery yarn. There are a few contrivances and even a few unanswered questions. Like did Dave Thomas survive the bullet wound? He was moaning when his camera was stolen from him, which would imply that he would have lived long enough to reach a hospital.
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Sidney Poitier - like Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Toshiro Mifune, and others of a bygone era - is an iconic movie star. Smart, talented, handsome, he's unique in this age of mostly interchangeable "actors" who star in the latest noisy but forgettable big-budget videogame or special effects extravaganza. His early films, such as the delightful "Lilies of the Field," showcased his obvious charisma, and by the time he graduated to light dramas like "To Sir, with Love," he was a bonafide leading man. But, oddly, his career seemed to zenith by the early 1970s, when "The Organization," one of two sequels to the Oscar-winning "In the Heat of the Night," continued the efforts of Virgil Tibbs, a clean cut police detective often fighting social injustice as much as outright crime, this time in San Francisco. He's pulled into a drug war, when a group of hardnosed idealists steal millions in heroin inadvertently from the mob and then try to use the theft to bring the leaders into the open. While "The Organization" lacks the ballast of the first film, it has enough twists and turns to merit as a thriller, with a look and feel inspired more by the superior Steve McQueen vehicle "Bullitt" than the 1967 film in which Poitier sparred with police chief Rod Steiger over racial politics while investigating a murder in a southern town. The acting is, of course, stagier than the "naturalistic" style of today, yet with few distractions from excessive violence or foul language, the film seems much more authentic. Look for familiar faces like Raul Julia and Daniel J. Travanti showing up in smaller roles - homelier in their youth than people might recall when they later became stars - but it's Poitier who makes it all work. Since so much of the 1970s has returned to fashion, viewers might also enjoy digesting what inspired today's "contemporary" look.
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By gareth evan lomax on December 9, 2012
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Beyond the current scripts of fortuitousness and heroic stances there was a actor. His steadfast criticism of movies and their ideals segregated the label of black cinema a label which would condemn any other would-be star. Sir Portier transcended every ideal of individual and corralled the hopes of every movie-goer and rallied for himself. We sat in awe of him thanking him individually for be for being better than any condemnation that woefully considedered him as less.

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In the spirit of Kojak TV show (1973-1978), Bullitt (1968), In the Heat of the Night (1967), They Call Mister Tibbs!(1970), Dirty Harry (1971). The Oganization (1971) takes place on the streets of San Francisco, Sidney Poitier plays a police detective who gets dragged into a conspiracy involving stolen drugs and a larger than life organization which is the center of this first class 70's crime-thrillers. The ending is really original for its time...that's for sure.
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The Organization is an all right movie. Almost every movie Mr. Sidney Poitier plays in is good. It has a fairly good plot and sequence. It has an all star cast of some of the best well known actors in Hollywood. Again, my issue with the DVD was the picture quality it displayed, " it had a fuzzy and blurry picture quality ". My dub came out better than that. It also didn't have an English subtitling feature or function.
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This movie showed Poitier in fine form as he always did in all of his movies.
I was always thoroughly entertained watching his movies. He is truly one of the greatest actors of all times.
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