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They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  10 July 1970 (USA)
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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 »

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Joy Sturges
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Ginger Tibbs
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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"

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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

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

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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 »

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.
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Typical 1970's crime thriller with atypical great acting
20 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the flaws noted above with regards to continuity and occasional lapses in writing, the movie is saved by the great acting provided by Sidney Poitier, Anthony Zerbe, Martin Landau, and Ed Asner (despite his short appearance). Poitier delivers the same riveting performance he did as in the successful In the Heat of the Night, adding a family life that is pretty typical for a father who is often away from his children. Anthony Zerbe is a shade better, however, in his role as sleazy landlord Rice Weedon. Zerbe was tailor-made for this role, as his ability to play bad guys is utilized perfectly. Martin Landau as the reverend does what is expected and more, adding a human quality that is even throughout. Ed Asner as the nervy manager takes everything that he had (not very much) and ran with it, making his character believable. I would recommend this movie highly to anyone who enjoys movies of this era and genre- particularly if you are fond of gritty, down in the mud reality.


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