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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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Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Alan Trustman (screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman), James R. Webb (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Virgil Tibbs
Martin Landau ... Logan Sharpe
Barbara McNair ... Valerie Tibbs
Anthony Zerbe ... Rice Weedon
Edward Asner ... Woody Garfield
Jeff Corey ... Captain Marden
Norma Crane ... Marge Garfield
Juano Hernandez ... Mealie Williamson
David Sheiner ... Lieutenant Kenner
Beverly Todd ... Puff
Ted Gehring ... Sergeant Deutsch
Linda Towne Linda Towne ... Joy Sturges
Garry Walberg ... Medical Examiner
George Spell George Spell ... Andy Tibbs
Wanda Spell Wanda Spell ... Ginger Tibbs
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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>

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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 »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,123,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mirisch Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Notable for being one of the few movies in which 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.
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In The Heat Of San Francisco
19 April 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Sidney Poitier's career includes repeating his screen characters only twice in his career. The first one is Mark Thackerey, the caring and compassionate teacher in To Sir With Love and To Sir With Love II. Don't you just love the lack of imagination with sequels that started with The Godfather?

His second character was homicide detective Virgil Tibbs from In The Heat Of The Night. Rod Steiger may have copped the Oscar as the Mississippi sheriff there, but it was Sidney Poitier who made two sequels with his character.

I'd like to say the two sequels were as good as The Godfather ones, but they don't come even close to matching In The Heat Of The Night in quality. This film uses as its title the famous line from In The Heat Of The Night, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs and its more influenced by Bullitt than In The Heat Of The Night.

And not that well either. It's a routine police action drama in which homicide detective Virgil Tibbs is called on to investigate the murder of a hooker. She's an upscale working girl, working out of a building owned by Anthony Zerbe who's a sleaze-bag hood and who's got many criminal activities going. He's not looking for cops prowling around his apartment building because they might uncover things that he'd prefer stay hidden.

Martin Landau is in the film as both a client of the woman and a crusading minister who is leading a campaign for a home rule option proposition on the ballot in San Francisco. If you remember In The Heat Of The Night had Virgil Tibbs as a Philadelphia homicide detective. But apparently no one was terribly interested in continuity.

There's a Bullitt like car chase involving Ed Asner, another suspect in the woman's homicide that's nicely staged. And Poitier's character is given a home life with wife Barbara McNair and two small children.

But all in all They Call Me MISTER Tibbs really plays more like an inflated version of a Police Story episode.


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