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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.

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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

Max Gail's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Zach is talking on his car phone, he passes the same two houses twice within seconds of each other during his phone conversation. See more »

Quotes

[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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Taut thriller with breathless action
14 August 2004 | by jwpeel-1See 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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