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The Organization (1971)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 5 May 1972 (Ireland)
In San Francisco, Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs helps a group of idealistic vigilantes expose a drug ring controlled by powerful businessmen.

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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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Trivia

In 1971, United Artists distributed this film on a double bill with Lawman (1971) starring Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan. See more »

Goofs

Joe Peralez is seen in the hospital after being hit by a car. His head is bandaged. The man escorting him in the hallway of the hospital says he's been sedated. Patients with closed head injuries are never given sedation of any kind. Sedation or pain medication would mask symptoms of a worsening head injury. It's not really clear what the sedation angle adds to the story. See more »

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[first lines]
Juan Mendoza: This time we're gonna drop you and I'm not fooling.
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Follows They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) See more »

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Virgil Tibbs, San Francisco detective
2 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Virgil Tibbs apparently left his detective post in Philadelphia for one in San Francisco, where he shows up investigating a robbery of furniture company that's actually a front for The Organization, a group of businessmen dedicated to the sale of heroin. A Mod Squad of locals orchestrates the robbery as the film opens, stealing four million dollars worth of smack, not to sell it, but to keep it off the streets. Since they're not hardened drug dealers, they're not much of a match for the well-portrayed hit men of the Organization, leaving it up to Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) to try to protect them while working to break the heroin ring. The outdoor locations are great, with one car chase that succeeds quite well, but overall it mostly resembles one of those made-for-TV movies of that era.


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