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 Show All…
Al calor de la noche, Dans la chaleur de la nuit, Среднощна жега, No Calor da Noite, 恶夜追缉令, 月黑风急杀人夜, En el Calor de la Noche, Istoria enos eglimatos, 밤의 열기 속에서, 밤의 열기 속으로, De Nacht van Inspecteur Tibbs, Natten var het, W upalna noc, In caldura noptii, U vrelini noći, У врелини ноћи, Душной южной ночью, Gecenin sicaginda, Опівнічна жара
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…
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…
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…
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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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…
In the rundown, poor town of Sparta, Mississippi, it is very hot, and the people drink Coca-Cola.
Much like Do the Right Thing, the "heat" in this film is both a literally frustrating and nigh-impossible-to-remove element that permeates the atmosphere and a likewise constant boiling over of emotions running high. Emotions stemming from all the way back to the Civil War for some, and even farther behind that for others.
This film is not only about racial tensions. It is smartly also about the North's decimation and subsequent condescension of the South. It is also about the difference between having money in your pocket and not. It is, most importantly perhaps, about the distribution of power, and how that intersects…
They call me Mr. Tibbs!
Someone made a good version of Green Book several decades ago. I really liked how from the get-go, there is this sense of uneasiness and tension within In the Heat of the Night. Beyond how it examines racism, there also comes this narrative of a general outsider coming to this place, very clearly not welcomed, but being thrust into a situation where he helps these people that hate his guts. This is my first time seeing a film with Sidney Poitier, and I liked him a lot. The relationship that builds between Virgil and Gillespie, other than the really enjoyable musical score by Quincy Jones, was likely my favorite thing about this film. When they…
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.
Swelters like a fat pig in the Mississippi sun. Bust out your shades because Poitier and Steiger are on fire. The racial tension blazes and it gets incendiary. I’m addicted to heat puns help me.
Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, In the Heat of the Night is a volatile blend of kinetic direction, sharp writing, charged atmosphere & dynamic performances that, apart from solving its murder mystery premise, also explores race relations in Southern United States.
Directed by Norman Jewison, the film is crafted & presented in an extremely raw, crude fashion that somehow intensifies its drama. The racially-hostile small town setting adds more fuel to the tension & sense of danger for our black protagonist who becomes involved in a murder investigation.
The film derives its strongest moments from the friction & interplay between two contrasting personas who are forced to work together towards the same outcome and both Sidney Poitier & Rod Steiger play their…
This film earned its Best Picture win the moment Sidney Poitier slapped a previous slave owner in the face.
"the slap heard 'round the world" -- this is a movie that cannot be separated from its social context. It's absolutely necessary to consider the balls it took to make this film in 1967, when schools were still segregated and white people thought a lynching was a Saturday matinee. This was never about who killed the rich, white businessman, it was always about Virgil Tibbs, it was always about the ugliness inside the hearts of men and the senselessness of hate. This film propelled American cinema forward, and Sidney Poitier is the fucking reckoning.
To be frank, whenever my Grandmother recommends a movie it tends to be a good time for a nap. Yet, In the Heat of the Night was a bold exception.
a great movie about racism in the south and differences in treatment of black people in different parts of the US. Sidney Poitier is a legend
There's a lot that I enjoyed about this film. Quincy Jones' score is simply fantastic, really unlike anything I've heard before. Director Norman Jewison and DP Haskell Wexler make plenty of great camera decisions, be it rack focuses, ultra zooms, and the like. For the most part, the film doesn't sugar coat racism. I was afraid that the film would not be willing to express how vile some people in the South are, but thankfully it proved me wrong. All you need to see is a Confederate flag license plate and you know trouble's afoot. The actual mystery is interesting and the conclusion isn't easily predictable.
My big question is about Sidney Poitier's character, Mr. Tibbs. First of all, why…
it’s not really a mystery you can solve along with the characters, but then again it’s not really about the murder. it’s about a detective who is first and foremost, a black man, trying to navigate a town that needs him, despite their outright loathing. the music stings are a lot of fun. sidney poitier has this great running slide
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i don’t have much to say about this one but i enjoyed it! sidney poitier was amazing as always! the music was also really fun!
So you’re telling me Rod Steiger won BEST ACTOR for this but Sidney Poitier (the actual lead) wasn’t even nominated for anything? I call major bullshit.
A powerful film to reflect a changing America, though sadly it’s still somewhat relevant today. While it seems rather run-in-the-mill as a tackling of racial issues by today’s standards in cinema, I can’t even imagine how controversial In the Heat of the Night was upon release in 1967. And I think the reason it may feel so familiar is because it might have been the one to start some of the clichés. It’s immense influence is obvious while viewing it today, and yet it still manages to leave a potent effect on viewer, feeling no less impactful today than it must have back then.
What’s immediately striking is the brutal and unaltered honesty with which In the Heat…
Cool movie, cool soundtrack
Great, could have been a masterpiece if not for some very understandable drawbacks because of the time it was made. Amazingly progressive for 1967, but still pulls its punches where it really matters, occasionally pushing the "white saviour" narrative in a similar way Green Book would do years later, as well as eventually just resorting to the undercooked murder mystery aspect rather than the much more engaging race relations aspect. The major major positive though is just how stunningly shot this film is, and how interestingly directed it is, especially for a 60s film, it feels incredibly ahead of its time. Watch it for that alone really.
Sidney Poitier is an icon. The mystery itself may not be anything special, but the social commentary in this movie really makes it noteworthy. For this film to highlight racial injustice and to have Sidney play a man who is angry and fights back is amazing. The slap is just iconic. Mr. Tibbs has to fight for the most basic amount of respect. This movie is a cultural classic.
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