In The Heat Of The Night

In The Heat Of The Night

In The Heat Of The Night

Winner of five awards at the 1968 Oscars and one of director Norman Jewison's most enduring films. Stars Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.

While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crime and then asked to solve it. But finding the killer proves to be difficult when his efforts are constantly thwarted by the bigoted town sheriff (Steiger). Realising neither man can solve this case alone, they put aside their differences and prejudices to join forces in a desperate race against time to discover the shocking truth.

1967Rating: M109 minsUSA
CrimeDramaMysteryThrillerClassic

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In The Heat Of The Night / Reviews

Variety

Variety

An excellent Sidney Poitier performance, and an outstanding one by Rod Steiger, overcome some noteworthy flaws to make In The Heat of the Night an absorbing contemporary murder drama.

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Time Out

Time Out

Hindsight has lent this gripping, serious-minded melodrama a certain righteous intensity.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

...a film that has the look and sound of actuality and the pounding pulse of truth.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's a stylish performance from Poitier and an honest, intelligent contribution from Steiger.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Probably Norman Jewison's best picture.

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