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In the Heat of the Night -- While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crime and 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

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Director:
Writers:
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
John Ball (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
14 October 1967 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
They call me Mister Tibbs See more »
Plot:
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Well-Crafted Murder Mystery With A Twist See more (166 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sidney Poitier ... Virgil Tibbs

Rod Steiger ... Gillespie

Warren Oates ... Sam Wood

Lee Grant ... Mrs. Colbert
Larry Gates ... Endicott
James Patterson ... Mr. Purdy

William Schallert ... Mayor Schubert

Beah Richards ... Mama Caleba
Peter Whitney ... Courtney
Kermit Murdock ... Henderson
Larry D. Mann ... Watkins

Matt Clark ... Packy

Arthur Malet ... Ulam
Fred Stewart ... Dr. Stuart
Quentin Dean ... Delores

Scott Wilson ... Harvey Oberst
Timothy Scott ... Shagbag
William Watson ... McNeil (as William C. Watson)
Eldon Quick ... Charles Hawthorne

Stuart Nisbet ... Shuie
Khalil Bezaleel ... Jess

Peter Masterson ... Fryer
Jester Hairston ... Butler
Phil Adams ... 1st Tough
Nikita Knatz ... 2nd Tough
Sam Reese ... Clerk
Anthony James ... Ralph
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buzz Barton ... Conductor (uncredited)
Philip Garris ... Engineer (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Deputy (uncredited)
Warren Kenner ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Michael LeGlaire ... City Councilman (uncredited)

Alan Oppenheimer ... Ted Appleton (uncredited)
David Stinehart ... Baggage Master (uncredited)
Jack Teter ... Philip Colbert - Murder Victim (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)

John Ball (based on a novel by)

Produced by
Walter Mirisch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hal Ashby (film editor)
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Groesse 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley 
 
Costume Design by
Alan Levine (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup
 
Production Management
Jim Henderling .... production manager (as James E. Henderling)
Howard Joslin .... unit production manager (as J. Howard Joslin)
Allen K. Wood .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... second assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Terry Morse Jr. .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Stephen R. Ferry .... property
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Walter Goss .... sound
Clem Portman .... rerecordist
James Richard .... sound editor
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound (uncredited)
Charles Cooper .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... key grip (uncredited)
Don Stott .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Levine .... costumer: men
 
Editorial Department
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt .... assistant film editor (as Byron Brandt)
 
Music Department
Alan Bergman .... song lyrics
Marilyn Bergman .... lyrics by
Richard Carruth .... music editor
 
Other crew
Hal Ashby .... assistant to the producer
Murray Naidich .... titles
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
109 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 (1968) | Singapore:PG | South Africa:(Banned) | South Africa:A (re-rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
Rod Steiger was asked by director Norman Jewison to chew gum when playing the part. He resisted at first but then grew to love the idea,and eventually went through 263 packs of gum during the shooting of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Harvey is running onto the bridge, the route sign says Arkansas 49. Arkansas does not have a State route 49. There is however a U.S. Route 49 that crosses the Mississippi River from Mississippi into Arkansas.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ofcr. Sam Wood:Where you keeping the pie tonight?
Ralph Henshaw, diner counterman:I ate the last piece just before you came in.
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Soundtrack:
Foul Owl on the ProwlSee more »

FAQ

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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Well-Crafted Murder Mystery With A Twist, 3 December 2006
Author: jonathon_naylor from Manitoba, Canada

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is a well-crafted murder mystery with a twist. Sidney Poitier is a big city detective wrongfully arrested by a racist small police detachment after the brutal murder of the town's would-be financial savior. Once the matter is resolved and Poitier released, he finds himself aiding his former captors, including Police Chief Rod Steiger, in their quest to get to the bottom of the crime.

An Academy Award winner for Best Picture, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT works on so many levels. It's a solid, unpredictable whodunit with beautiful cinematography and crisp direction from Norman Jewison. All the actors are on top of their games, particularly Steiger, whose not-entirely-likable chief gradually looks past his prejudices to warm up to Poitier. Poitier is his usual superb self, once again maintaining his vast dignity as the target of bigotry, much like he did in THE DEFIANT ONES.

And like THE DEFIANT ONES, a key theme in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is racism. In fact the racism on display here is so fierce and perverse that it's almost hard to believe (though I'm sure it didn't stretch a thing). You can't help but feel an emotional attachment to Poitier as he's subjected to taunts, attempted attacks, and off-color remarks from those who either don't realize the power of their words or don't care. Poitier proves again why he is perhaps the finest African-American actor ever to grace the screen.

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is one of those movies that, while not perfect, is impossible to dislike. It's classic, though still relevant, entertainment.

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