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The Organization (1971)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  5 May 1972 (Ireland)
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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 »

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Larry French
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Dave Thomas (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
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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 Virgil Tibbs for assistance. Though sympathetic to their cause, the straight-arrow Tibbs refuses to consider it because they broke the law, but when the group is then accused of a murder it didn't commit, Tibbs finally joins them in order to ferret out the identity of the real killer, while keeping his now rogue undercover investigation a secret from his SFPD superiors. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The Toughest Cop Has The Guts To Take On "THE ORGANIZATION."


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Rated PG-13 for drug related material and some violence | See all certifications »
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This was the third film starring Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs, following In the Heat of the Night (1967) and They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970). With this entry, the Virgil Tibbs series became one of the first, if not the first, cop movie series made in color to make it to part three (the Dirty Harry (1971) movies did not start until 1971, the same year that this film came out). See more »

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Followed by In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along with Me (1995) See more »

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Taut thriller with breathless action
14 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just the other night, I watched this film and Turner Classic Movies and was as entertained and the first time I watched this film. Like a lot of pictures of the 1970s, it is riddled with the "urban slang" of the period and seen by Hollywood. In other words, it is more colorful than real speech in the real world, but that is to be expected. It is also peopled with the great character actors of the time, many who have become stars later in their film careers.

Raul Julia plays a Puerto Rican drug dealer which was certainly no great stride for Hispanic actors working in Hollywood, but it is after all a crime drama and such people do exist. Still, Mr. Julia turns in his usual five-star performance. Poitier is his usual cool and intelligent self which is a big thing in films of just about any period, and Alan Garfield again plays the New York con with his usual believability.

The chase in the finale is breathtaking and equal to that of such great films as "The French Connection." Also, the kicker is in the final expedition seen where the entire crime is exposed by the brilliant work of our intrepid hero detective Virgil Tibbs.

One of the notable actors in this film is Sherry North who plays the rich Park Avenue white woman with a past in a manner not unlike her work in "Charlie Varrick."

It is a shame that Sidney Poitier did not again portray Virgil Tibbs, but we do have these three films, two of which are sensational. It is a privilege to add it to my detective movies on video collection.


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