6.0/10
2,226
22 user 7 critic

They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After a group of young revolutionaries break into a corporation's headquarters and steal $5,000,000 worth of heroin to keep it off the street, they call on San Francisco Police Lieutenant ... See full summary »

Director: Don Medford
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts
To Sir, with Love II (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After thirty years teaching in London, Mark Thackeray retires and returns to Chicago. There, however, the challenge of reaching kids in an inner city school proves too much to resist.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Christian Payton, Dana Eskelson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it.

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 July 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Notable for being one of the few movies in which prolific actor Ed Asner wears a full toupee for his part. See more »

Goofs

In early shots, a book in Joy's apartment has a yellow cover with a prominent cross. In later shots the same book is there but the plain back cover is visible. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Follows In the Heat of the Night (1967) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Vastly Inferior Sequel
11 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A disappointing follow-up to IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT,one of the most seminal films of the 60's,THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS! utilises perhaps the previous film's most famous line of dialogue,but all comparisons should end there.The personality clash between Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier that produced so many vivid and memorable dramatic scenes previously(albeit laced with some humour) is totally missing in this much inferior sequel.Poitier has rightly been praised for bringing dignity and respect to the black man on the American Screen after decades of humiliating and degrading stereotypes,but he looks oddly dispirited here with middling direction,an unexciting plot,and a dullish script.The inclusion of some fine character actors(Anthony Zerbe,Juano Hernandez,Ed Asner,Jeff Corey)is one of the film's few minor points of merit,and Poitier and Martin Landau do their best to make their scenes together have some dramatic impact,but they and others can only do so much with a somewhat banal script.The film may have been better had some pointless and unnecessary domestic scenes involving Tibbs' family(particularly his son) been removed,and which are basically irrelevant to the plot and seem to have been tagged on merely to add extra footage.

The film's best aspect is the musical score by Quincy Jones.Jones' funky interjections are most welcome,and indeed improve the quality of many sequences;it almost seems a touchstone for future blaxsploitation movie scores that were to soon follow,starting with the following year's SHAFT.The film is not totally unwatchable,but a disappointingly listless follow-up to the classic that preceded it.

Rating:5 out of 10.


11 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Maybe a contradiction giona
quote help please! snowy_chic86
George Spell kdavis-29
The way he picked on his son. cheapfrill
Discuss They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?