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In the Heat of the Night

(DVD - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In the Heat of the Night
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A small town Southern sheriff finds himself in an uneasy alliance with a big-city black homicide detective as they investigate a murder.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2001.
ISBN: 0792848365
Branch Call Number: DVD
PN1997 .I53 2001
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Feb 27, 2015
  • hoacornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The movie is listed above as "Groundbreaking Classic Black Films" and I would add that it is also one of the finest films ever produced in the United States. All the cast shines, but especially Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. They play off of one another the entire movie. Warren Oats as a deputy sheriff really pulls the entire cast together. He is so humorous that it lightens the mood of the movie. There are few movies with a script and cast that could stand up to "In The Heat of the Night".

May 13, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"In The Heat of the Night" you have two great performances. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. These two performances will go down in film history because they show racial bigotry for what it is. Sidney Poitier was perfect as the African American Detective. In the South, this was a new thing at the time. "In the Heat of the Night" makes my Top 20 films of All Time!

May 05, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This film is definitely dated, watching it now. Rod Steiger gave a great performance, but I have to say I find Sidney Portier's acting a bit too self-conscious. Still, a good watch overall.

Oct 20, 2013
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very important film regarding discrimination, race relations, and forensic science. The geographic division of racial tension in the USA is palpable in this film and Virgil Tibbs has every reason to leave town. Astonishingly the police need his help and stubbornly, reluctantly accept him, while he does everything to establish his authority and defend himself, despite wanting to leave.

Sep 14, 2013
  • joeguy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The mystery was so-so. But the performances of Poitier and Steiger is the stuff of legend. The more scenes between those two, the better. Loved watching the relationship develop.

Well acted! Strong characters! Strong story! Is a good example of what racism was like in the past. We need the reminder so the mistake will not be repeated. Worth watching! Semi-fast pace. Not too much violence. Good for all ages.

Feb 02, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This 1967 movie, based on the 1965 John Ball novel, the first of a series of novels with Virgil Tibbs, an African-American detective, this one where Tibbs is visiting in the South and meets racism head on. The appearance of this movie made one think that perhaps America was beginning to face its history and culture of racial discrimination. Besides being such an important step in American history, it also was a great detective movie with two fine lead actors, Rod Steiger and Sydney Poitier. It won 5 Oscars, most notably for best movie and for best actor, Rod Steiger. The movie also won 3 Golden Globes, one for best movie, one for the writing, and one best Actor, Rod Steiger. Sydney Poitier was nominated for best actor. There were great hopes at the time that America was going to solve its racism problem, but once Obama was elected president, we saw that there was still great hostility to the idea of racial equality in America (especially in southern and mid-western states).

Dec 16, 2012
  • slavaivashev rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding movie!
Highly recommended!

Dec 03, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 1967 mystery film based on the John Ball novel of the same name published in 1965, which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi.
The film contains the famous scene in which Tibbs and white police Chief Bill Gillespie visit the home of Eric Endicott to question him, following Tibbs' discovery of trace evidence in the murder victim's car.
Upon discovering that Tibbs is suggesting he murdered Colbert, Endicott slaps Tibbs.
Tibbs slaps him back.
This scene looks reasonable to the eyes of today's audience, but it definitely angered the Southerners at the time because the ongoing battle for civil rights was still raging in 1967, despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
This was one of the first times in any major motion picture where a black man slapped a white man in public.

Mar 20, 2012
  • phyllis49 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 20, 2013
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gillespie: I didn't know you'd slap any white man! Least of all Endicott!

Tibbs: All right. Give me another day. Two days. I'm close. I can pull that fat cat down. I can bring him right off this hill!

Gillespie: Oh, boy. Man, you're just like the rest of us.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Virgil Tibbs: They call me MISTER Tibbs!

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Chief Gillespie: I got the motive which is money and the body which is dead.

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.

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