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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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... Virgil Tibbs
... Valerie Tibbs
... Jack Pecora
... Mrs. Morgan
... Bob Alford
... Benjy
... Lt. Jessop
... William Martin
... Juan Mendoza
... Joe Peralez
... Stacy Baker
... Night Watchman
... Larry French
... Sgt. Chassman (as Dan Travanty)
... Dave Thomas (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
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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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A Organização  »

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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

When Tibbs chases the "thugs" into the subway, he's being shot at. When he dives away behind some oil barrels, the trolley on which the camera is mounted shows up for a second or so. 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 In the Heat of the Night (1967) See more »

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Bye Bye Mr. Tibbs
3 April 2009 | by See 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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