William Wyler's final film completely blew me away. This neglected masterpiece needs to be seen by everyone who cares about race relations in the United States. Possibly the most relevant film of the moment and should be reconsidered here in 2020. Completely dismissed at the time of the films release as an "In the Heat of the Night" clone, primarily because screenwriter Stirling Silliphant adapted both novels which the films are based. This is a hard hitting drama about racism, not a murder mystery. Perhaps the film is a bit dated in some areas, but I'll take this any day over another Superhero film. It is harsh, and does not compromise. Hard to believe that this was not nominated for oscars, considering what some of the nominees were at the time (I'm looking at you "Love Story" and "Airport"). If you want to see what a master filmaker was still capable of at 69 years of age, I would highly recommend this film. I believe that if it was made by one of the young up and coming filmmakers, like Coppola, Penn or Scorsese, it would have been hailed by critics of the time. Audiences wanted irreverant humor (MASH), counter-culture (Five Easy Pieces) or old-fashioned entertainment at the time I guess. It will stay with you.