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on December 17, 2013
I like this story for its southern atmospher. Sidney Poiter holds himself with such dignity and professionalism, that the characters around him are COMMANDED to give him respect; showing real ability is important, but how a person carries themselves speaks volumes for EVERYONE. The story is compelling, A murder has taken place, and its this big city slicker, who happens to be BLACK; and a NORTHERNER, whose the BEST one to solve the case ;and has to cross over a lot of southern society taboos to accomplish the task. At the end, the crime is solved and mindsets have been at its best "re-evaluated" when future similar situations like that come up. It shows that sometimes in life we all have to re-evalutate our views and go outside our corner of the world in order to get to the truth of a matter. It spun off a wonderful T.V. series as well, so if you like this movie, you'll like the TV show of the same name.The T.V. show carries over the same tone as the movie and is well written and acted.
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on March 22, 2014
Review of the film - "In the Heat of the Night" has a lot going for it including (1) Best Picture of 1967 (both Oscar and Golden Globe), (2) Great mystery that will keep you guessing, (3) Moving performances by Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger (Oscar and Golden Globe winner), and others (see below), (4) Sharp and intelligent dialogue (written by Stirling Silliphant, winner of Oscar and Golden Globe for adapted screenplay), Precise and methodical direction (by Norman Jewison, nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe), Memorable music score by Quincy Jones (Grammy nominee), (6) Mostly shot on location in and around Sparta, Illinois (not in Sparta, Mississippi where the story is set) with many places still findable including the bridge where Rod Steiger slowly chases down the suspect, Harvey Oberst! The Chester Bridge across the Mississippi River connects Chester, Illinois and Perryville, Missouri. (7) Many memorable lines by Poitier and Steiger that have become part of film history including "They call me, Mister Tibbs!". (8) Other performances are also noteworthy by Lee Grant, Warren Oates, Larry Gates (the recipient of "The Slap!"), Beah Richards (always wonderful), Quentin Dean ("Delores", seen nicely through a window with strategically placed mullions!), and Scott Wilson (As the aforementioned suspect chased down slowly by Rod Steiger, this was Scott Wilson's first film role. Scott is best known today for his charismatic role as "Hershel Greene" in "The Walking Dead"! You've come a long way, Scott! "In the Heat of the Night" truly is a classic as are both of Sidney Poitier's other 1967 films: "To Sir With Love" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".

Review of the Blu-ray disc - It provides the best viewing of "In the Heat of the Night" yet! I have the VHS tape and earlier DVD discs and the Blu-ray is nearly perfect. The colors and the sound have never appeared or sounded better. It is also the best wide screen version I have ever seen including the original screenings in Atlanta in 1967. Extras for films that are this old (47 years!) are not always available or of very good quality. The ones included here are not new (I do not think) but they have not (to my knowledge) been available before. All are enjoyable.
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on May 18, 2017
I hadn't seen this great film since its theatrical release 50 years ago. Even though it had strong competition in the best film Oscar race, it came out on top over such favored films, The Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde. The film works on several levels. The murder mystery whodunit was not as fascinating to me as the interaction between Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Both actors were superb. Rod Steiger won a richly deserved Oscar for his role as the sheriff, but Mr Poitier acted on the same level. Upon seeing it again, I had to purchase the film. Just loved it !!
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on December 28, 2013
You know you're in for something special as soon as you hear Ray Charles belting out the title song. Nearly half a century after its initial release, Norman Jewison's film still packs a wallop. This is filmmaking at its best. Relevant social commentary, exciting story line, superb acting right down to the smallest role and made by craftsmen at the top of their game. Stirling Silliphant, so familiar to television fans as the writer of countless "The Naked City" and "Route 66" episodes has fashioned an extraordinary Academy Award winning screenplay. Rod Steiger thoroughly deserved the Best Actor Oscar (probably should have also won two years earlier for "The Pawnbroker"] and is a great foil for the excellent Sidney Poitier but everyone in this movie is first rate. Who can forget the reaction of Larry Gates to "the slap"?. Great music score by Quincy Jones and stunning photography by Haskell Wexler. And according to producer Walter Mirisch, this film cost barely more than $2 million to make!!! On this disc there are some interesting extras including commentary by Jewison, Steiger, Lee Grant and Wexler plus excellent featurettes which explore African-American reactions to the film and the score by Jones. If anyone is interested in exploring this film further, along with the other four Best Picture nominees of 1967, I heartily recommend the superb book PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION by Mark Harris. One of the best film books I have ever read!
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on March 14, 2014
In the Heat of the Night was always one of my favorite movies. And not just because of its devastatingly direct racial theme--just as relevant today--but because Norman Jewison is one of the very few Hollywood directors that can make an utterly serious movie (or for that matter a comic one) fun to watch. The plot unfolds step by step adding to the mystery of a murder in a Southern town; keeping suspense to a pitch; the characters are believable roughneck southerners, and the two top ones--Rod Steiger, who was rewarded with an Oscar, and Sydney Poitier solidified his place as America's top black actor--and a pioneer-- of his time "The slap that was heard around the world," when Mr. Chips slaps a prominent citizen is worth watching this movie. This movie resonates on many levels; glad to see it in Blu-ray, and great form.
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on August 18, 2017
Wonderfully remastered streamed with a film quality that look new.
The camera work, acting and direction is exceptional. Of coarse Trump people will most likely hate it because it depicts the South accurately as it was in the 1960s.
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on March 2, 2017
One of my husbands favorites movie. Sidney Poitier and Rod Stiger did a great job.
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on March 28, 2014
Considering the year this movie was produced, it is truly a work of art in depicting racism and how it goes both directions and how two persons, one white and one black, came around because of their seemingly antagonistic relationship and their reciprocal racism. 1967 was not only the year of the Watts riots, but also about same time the huge race riots broke out in Detroit and Newark New Jersey. Those of us old enough to have lived during that time recall just how bad things got, and if you do a little research on the web, you can find some very good research papers discussing why all this happened if you are not from that time period. Some of the best acting by Rod Steiger ever. I felt he was priceless in this role; no one else could have done it like he did. This ranks up there with his acting in The Illustrated Man. Sidney Portier was equally excellent. Wait till you hear how much Portier says he makes per month as a Philly detective. Really puts things in perspective as far as now and back then. Steiger gets upset because Portier is earning so much more than he is. Houses and salaries were a lot less back then. Other supporting actors in this are also excellent. The story is just plain awesome, especially if you grew up seeing the terrible things happening in our country during the 1960's with how whites treated blacks, and how angry blacks became over the economic and housing inequality. This movie is a masterpiece both in directing and in acting as well as the screenplay. It is one of my all time favorite movies, I never tire of watching it.
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on August 31, 2017
one of the few movies worthy of collecting. It shows the ideological differences between a small town sheriff and a educated big-city detective. The movie shows how they learn to work together.
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on March 5, 2017
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