In the Heat of the Night
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A nude woman is scene for a little while through a window, from the waist up. Her nipples are covered by one of the beams going across the window.

A man describes how he was arrested after watching a woman disrobe.

A woman describes how she had sex with a man in a cemetery and he was charged for rape; not explicit.

The movie centers around a murder. We see the man lying on the street with blood on his head; we hear that his skull was bashed in. There is a little blood around the nostrils and lividity in the ankle of the body. The corpse is seen for a long period of time as it is examined.

A small patch of blood is seen on a car seat.

Two men slap each other.

A car chase is shown, and one car bumps into the back of the other several times. However, there is no damage to the people, or really even the cars. A man is then chased into a depot where he is threatened with chains, a shovel, and a crowbar. He picks up a long metal pole to defend himself; the men clash weapons but never actually hit each other. Then a police officer walks in; he slaps one man and slugs another in the stomach with his fist.

A man is shot at night - two shots to the chest at close range. Fairly brief with no blood.

Nine uses of "nigger," six uses of "damn," four uses of "hell," and three abuses of "God."

A tipsy man drinks at home with a number of bottles on the table.

One character smokes a pipe.

A woman drinks from a bottle of a presumably alcoholic drink.

The climactic scene has Det. Tibbs confronting the murderer outdoors at night, only to suddenly face a group of toughs obviously intent on harming him. However, Tibbs is able to provide the evidence of the murderer's actions and they turn on the murderer. One person is killed by a gunshot, another wounded.

Argentina:13 / 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:TV-14 (TV rating) / USA:Approved (certificate #21423) (Suggested for Mature Audiences) / West Germany:12

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