They got a murder on their hands. They don’t know what to do with it.
An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Sidney Poitier Rod Steiger Warren Oates Lee Grant Larry Gates James Patterson William Schallert Beah Richards Peter Whitney Kermit Murdock Larry D. Mann Matt Clark Arthur Malet Fred Stewart Quentin Dean Scott Wilson Anthony James Timothy Scott William Watson Eldon Quick Stuart Nisbet Khalil Bezaleel Peter Masterson Jester Hairston Phil Adams Nikita Knatz Sam Reese Alan Oppenheimer Clegg Hoyt
恶夜追缉令, 月黑风急杀人夜, No Calor da Noite, W upalna noc, Среднощна жега, U vrelini noći, Gecenin sicaginda, In caldura noptii, Natten var het, Al calor de la noche, Istoria enos eglimatos, Dans la chaleur de la nuit, 밤의 열기 속으로, 밤의 열기 속에서, Опівнічна жара, De Nacht van Inspecteur Tibbs, У врелини ноћи, En el Calor de la Noche, Душной южной ночью
The one thing that I think is overlooked about In The Heat Of The Night is that it is not just about racism.
Even back in 1967, a time of desperately needed political and social upheaval, director Norman Jewison was keen to make this film more than just 'Sidney Poitier sorts out some racists in a small Southern town'. It was quite a brave decision, really, and I don't think anyone could possibly have blamed him if he had made the film just that.
Rather subtly, though, Jewison makes his film almost as much about the 'Big City North' versus 'Small Town South'. He is careful with it. He doesn't just have hotshot homicide detective Poitier stroll into Sparta and…
All he wanted to do was catch the 4:05 train to Memphis. Instead, Virgil Tibbs gets stuck in the middle of a Deep South homicide investigation where he clashes with a hard-headed stuck-in-his-ways Chief of Police. A Peckerwood's not-so-tasty pie. A peep-show. A homicide on Main Street. My favorite actor Warren fuckin Oates as a deputy who wants to get fucked and have his pie too. A train station confrontation. Guess who's a fuckin cop? Freaking everyone the fuck out when you're the smartest man in the room. The way Rod fuckin Steiger chews bubble-gum and kicks ass at the same time. The bluesy soundtrack that inspired Jimmy Rabbitte and his friends. An angry widow. A lucky lefty. A racist-fuck…
Was inspired to revisit this by James Baldwin's discussion of the final scene, as seen in I Am Not Your Negro, and it's much more psychologically acute and formally robust than I'd vaguely recalled from my one previous viewing (ca. 1990–91, when I was first bulldozing my way through the canon on VHS). Biggest problem is the imbalance between its genre-based narrative and its sociological critique—the film is so heavily weighted toward the latter that it barely seems to care about the murder mystery at all, even as it devotes a whole lot of screen time to aspects of the investigation that don't particularly dovetail with Sparta's racial animus. (This may have been less of an issue in the…
With its fun music choices, layered characters, great acting and entertaining story, In the Heat of the Night was a really solid flick. Sydney Poitier and Rob Steiger are doing stunning work, bringing a lot of personality and life to their characters. It has a tight, rich screenplay that was used in a smart way. I will say my issue is that it feels similar to some other crime movies I've seen. It has original qualities but I couldn't help but feel that it was a little derivative of some other movies. You should still see this for sure though, you won't be disappointed.
Criterion Collection Spine #959
A skilled homicide detective from Philly gets pulled into a murder investigation while passing through a small southern town. The cops there would be glad to have his help, if they were not so hung up about the color of his skin.
"They call me MISTER TIBBS!"... "Ya dig?"
It is fascinating to see such a mediocre police procedural like In the Heat of the Night, be elevated by focusing in on the flagrant racist attitudes of so many of the white characters in this Mississippi town in the mid-60s. In the lead role we have Sidney Poitier as detective Tibbs, who only gets involved because an officer arrests him just because he is a black…
sidney poitier said: ill smack this racist plantation owner’s face so hard it’s gonna sound like a screenshot
1967's best picture winner, In the Heat of the Night is a solid film featuring a wonderful pair of performances by Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Their chemistry in this is just too good to not be mentioned at least once in any review of this movie.
I thought this kind of film would be right up my alley, and it pretty much was! The story is this -- a man is killed, and the cops are trying to catch who did it. Simple enough right? Well, this movie also manages to throw in elements of prejudice and race into the mix and it really shakes things up. In a way, this movie was ahead of it's time in terms…
They call me Mister Tibbs.
In The Heat of the Night, still seems as fresh and crisp as a just-picked apple. This film was released in 1967 and it was way ahead its time.
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This film earned its Best Picture win the moment Sidney Poitier slapped a previous slave owner in the face.
Surprisingly enough I found Sidney Poitier's delivery of the famous line "They call me Mr. Tibbs" to be the only laughable part of an otherwise unflinchingly dark and serious look at race relations in the American south during the 1960's.
Director Norman Jewison clearly took a huge risk making In the Heat of the Night - even more so when you consider the way in which he made it, holding back no punches and sparing no feelings. It's wonderfully shot and while I didn't necessarily love the original songs scattered throughout it was certainly a fresh look at a delicate subject and one that deserved it's Academy award for best picture.
“In the Heat of the Night” is the first film I´ve seen that stars Sidney Poitier and I understand the hype. What a charismatic man. His presence, body language, and line delivery are extraordinary and I´m sure that he could carry any film on his own. In this case, he doesn´t have to, since his screen partner Rod Steiger is equally fantastic. The two of them together are pure gold. I love unlikely duos, so the dynamic between the white Southern small-town cop and the black Northern big city cop is very enjoyable to me. The film is famous for its unflinching portrayal of prejudice and racial tension, and those themes still resonate today. Unfortunately, the murder mystery/police procedural aspect is mediocre and not very exciting. The outstanding acting and passionate social commentary elevate the movie but the underwhelming crime plot dampens my enjoyment.
Grade: HALL OF FAME (4.5 out of 5)
Any movie that starts with Ray Charles singing is going to be good, and In the Heat of the Night does not disappoint. The film's brilliance is the combination of a detective/crime story with a social statement about prejudice and morals against overwhelming odds. The film's lead actors, Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, put in excellent performances that help bring emotional weight to the story.
The most lauded scene in the movie is when Virgil exclaims "They call me Mr. Tibbs!", which is undoubtedly a powerful scene. However, the scene that carries the most weight, both within the movie and during the culture in which this movie was released, is in the…
What a good year for SP. Each beat is designed to perfection, even if some of the moments are ‘ok let’s insert this issue here and have a scene about it.’ Its just a joy watching Sidney’s acting.
Very much enjoyed this movie, especially the performances.
Interesting and compelling storytelling.
False advertising. Part of this takes place during the day.
Omfg Endicott slapping Virgil for "talking back" and Virgil slapping Endicott right back with Endicott tearing up and saying "there was a time I could have had you shot" while holding back blubbering is one of the absolute most glorious moments in film I have ever seen. Sooooo satisfying. Sidney Poitier; you rule man. So much respect. Definitely plan to dive more into Norman Jewison's filmography after this seeing as Jesus Christ Superstar is my favorite musical/rock opera and The Hurricane being a very solid biopic. A bit too predictable in how it wraps up and resolves things but nonetheless very solid enjoyable and tremendously acted film.
I did not finish
It's been awhile since I've done a longer review but I feel like I have the time today. I have anxiety about writing in detail about the films I view because I have no formal training, but overall I think most of what I write makes sense.
'In the Heat of the Night' is the 26th Oscar Best Picture winner I've viewed to date. Over the last couple weeks I've binged 8 other Best Picture winners. Overall the Oscar Best Picture winners are much more enjoyable watches than the Palme d’Or winners, but the Palme d’Or winners are vastly better films.
'In the Heat of the Night' is the 3rd best picture winner I've watched this weekend and funny enough…
One of the most timeless movies I have seen.
Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger has one of the best chemistry and they are both great actors on this movie. The way that they are showing their acting abilities is one of a kind.
The direction In the Heat of the Night is also marvelous to look at. From the very first shoot, you are in it. The way that the camera moves is the most unique at the time that this movie came out. We haven’t seen since the movie came out a forensic scene in a movie, and the way that we look when Virgil Tibbs is in the car looking for clues, is one of a kind.
Sidney Poitier stars in the crime drama, In the Heat of the Night. The film opens with a police officer patrolling the town and discovering a dead body. The body is of an important industrialist in town, and the first suspect is Virgil (Poitier), who was a random black man awaiting the upcoming train. Virgil must maintain the balance of a clearly racist town and he is eventually asked to help solve the crime. As he unravels the truth of the mystery of the night, at each twist and turn his life is in danger. His only aid is that of the stubborn and hardheaded Police Chief Gillespie (Rod Steiger). Despite their clear differences, they must band together and…
Just a banger. The best kind of defiant, socially motivated storytelling, giving audiences a kickass lead character, a compelling detective story where it’s not the responsibility of the oppressed to change the white guy’s mind — Tibbs drives the story, he just wants to get the case closed and fuck off out of this cracker-ass town — and where a character’s changing attitude feels organic and genuine; he’s the sidekick, really, figuring it out by just watching this person be a human being (and a brilliant detective). Tibbs/Poitier never acquiesces, never extends the olive branch. It’s not on him.
But while racial politics certainly underwrite every scene and interaction, and Poitier’s every reaction and measured gesture — and that epic…
Blending two genres is difficult enough, but In the Heat of the Night manages to put together three: comedy, drama, and thriller. Tricking the audience into thinking it's a one-note revenge power trip initially, the slapping scene and its implications for the tone are profound. Appealing on both a surface level and as a serious commentary on race and identity in the Civil Rights-era Deep South and anchored by a charismatic and powerful performance from Poitier, the film still feels electric decades later. The film could have easily slipped into portraying its setting and characters as simplistic caricatures, but opted for a degree of complexity that is certainly commendable, particularly in the depictions of Tibbs and Gillespie.
Sidney Poitier carried this film.. forever a favorite
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