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They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

In San Francisco, a high-priced call girl is murdered and the case is assigned to Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs.



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Complete credited cast:
Logan Sharpe
Rice Weedon
Woody Garfield
Captain Marden
Marge Garfield
Juano Hernandez ...
Mealie Williamson
Lieutenant Kenner
Ted Gehring ...
Sergeant Deutsch
Linda Towne ...
Joy Sturges
Garry Walberg ...
Medical Examiner
George Spell ...
Wanda Spell ...
Ginger Tibbs


San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs is called in to investigate when a liberal street preacher and political candidate is accused of murdering a prostitute. Tibbs is also battling domestic woes, including a frustrated wife and a rebellious adolescent son. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The last time Virgil Tibbs had a day like this was "In The Heat Of The Night"


Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a violent scene with nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Hillerman's first movie. See more »


Detective Tibbs is presented as having entirely different biography about details of his life and career than he did in previous film In the Heat of the Night. See more »


[first lines]
Joy Sturges: Get away from me! Get away from me! Get the hell away from me! I can't even fake it anymore.
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Referenced in Cop Out (2010) See more »

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Routine police detective movie despite Poitier repeating role of Virgil Tibbs
15 July 2002 | by (Hoboken, NJ) – See all my reviews

This Virgil Tibbs is closer to the California-based detective essayed by John Ball in his books. The mystery is worthwhile, and Poitier's performance is masterful. But the writing is pedestrian, the pacing too slow, and the resolution ultimately unsatisfactory. I can give this no better than a 6 out of 10.

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