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The Organization (1971)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 30 December 1971 (UK)
In San Francisco, Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs helps a group of idealistic vigilantes expose a drug ring controlled by powerful businessmen.

Director:

Don Medford

Writers:

James R. Webb, John Ball (character)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... Virgil Tibbs
Barbara McNair ... Valerie Tibbs
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Jack Pecora
Sheree North ... Mrs. Morgan
Fred Beir ... Bob Alford
Allen Garfield ... Benjy
Bernie Hamilton ... Lt. Jessop
Graham Jarvis ... William Martin
Raul Julia ... Juan Mendoza
Ron O'Neal ... Joe Peralez
James A. Watson Jr. ... Stacy Baker
Charles H. Gray ... Night Watchman
Jarion Monroe ... Larry French
Daniel J. Travanti ... Sgt. Chassman (as Dan Travanty)
Billy Green Bush ... Dave Thomas (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
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Storyline

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."


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug related material and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Organização See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first line of dialogue only occurs eight minutes into the movie, the second six minutes later, when the heist is over. Apart from that one line, the entire heist is done without any dialogue, which is reminiscent of the wordless robbery scene in Rififi (1955). See more »

Goofs

Just before the time bomb explodes, an Asian woman runs past the same bus and bystander twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Juan Mendoza: This time we're gonna drop you and I'm not fooling.
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Connections

Follows They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) See more »

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The end of Virgil Tibbs
27 September 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

We first met Virgil Tibbs waiting for a train in Sparta Mississippi In the Heat of the Night. For those that didn't know, he reminded us in They Call Me MISTER Tibbs. Now, he had his badge taken away after no keeping his Captain informed as he fought The Organization in San Francisco.

Maybe the hippie thing is getting tired: calling police "pigs," and the weird dress, and constant "man"'s, or maybe Tibbs is getting tired, but this was just a fair viewing of Sidney Potier as Virgil Tibbs.

Well, at least he is still married to the same woman (Barbara McNair), and I always like seeing Raul Julia (Moon Over Parador, Kiss of the Spider Woman), there is "Superfly" (Ron O'Neal), Daniel J. Travanti when he was Dan Travanty, and Max Gail, whom I remember from "Barney Miller." Sidney Potier is always worth watching and you might have an additional favorite above.


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