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Director:
Writers:
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
John Ball (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
25 October 1967 (Argentina) 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 19 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A True Landmark Film See more (181 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)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Police Officer (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 
 
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)
Larry Gianneschi III .... assistant camera (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:16 | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1986) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:M | Norway:16 (1968) | Singapore:PG | South Africa:(Banned) | South Africa:A (re-rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (2016) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2002) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (certificate #21423) (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:TV-14 (certificate #21423) (TV rating) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
In an one on one interview that aired on TCM, Rod Steiger praised Lee Grant for her performance in the film, calling it one of his favorites.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The action is set in the heat of a Mississippi summer, but cotton pickers toil in the fields. That's done in late fall, never in the summer.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Lion King (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Foul Owl on the ProwlSee more »

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38 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A True Landmark Film, 22 February 2006
Author: waynec50 from United States

1967 was a turbulent year in the U S. Civil rights marches and demonstrations, anti-war rallies, the summer of love,psychedelic music and backlash against the previously noted, 1967 had it all. And this great movie came out, about a small Mississippi town embroiled in a steaming hot summer and a sizzling murder case. The movie diverges from the book on many aspects, mostly for the better. This is a serious look at a nation and a community in turmoil. The acting is first rate, from Sidney Poitier (one of the greatest American actors of this generation, regardless of race), Rod Steiger, Lee Grant, Warren Oates and the whole passel of townsfolk. The plot has been well outlined in previous posts, so I won't belabor it. My favorite scene is when Virgil examines the deceased, looking for clues in discoloration, type of wound, etc., while the sheriff looks on with his jaw practically on the floor in amazement. You can plainly see that he wanted to pin the crime on a hitch-hiker or one of the town's less desirable inhabitants. While some may see the film as preachy or presenting Virgil as a superior to the hicks, seen in the context of its time, it really tells a lot about race relations of the time. The movie is well filmed with lots of atmospheric detail of the time and region (even though it was filmed in Illinois, some areas of Illinois and Indiana were very Southern in their feel and outlook). Great acting, a good mystery, fine cinematography and an important theme make this a must-see movie. 10 stars.

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