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The Organization (1971)

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Organização See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mirisch Corporation 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final theatrical film directed by Don Medford, released a few months after The Hunting Party (1971). 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 In the Heat of the Night (1967) See more »

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Bye Bye Mr. Tibbs
3 April 2009 | by wordsmith_57See all my reviews

Sydney Poitier is marvelous in any movie he has been in, so far as I have noticed. When he first showed up as MISTER Tibbs in Heat of the Night, I knew it would be a great watch. Unfortunately, by the third run, The Organization, even his usual and expected dazzlement could not save the faulty plot and slow pacing. The premise of a group of amateurs trying to bring down "the organization" and then trying to drag in a good cop like Tibbs (who doesn't let the force know what he is doing) is, well, thin and silly. There were great slices of Tibbs' home life with his son and daughter, which goes to show that Poitier brings life into even a tedious period cop piece like this one. Overall, it's still watchable, but only if you are a dedicated Poitier fan.


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