It looked good? And the last act might have been passable? 3 stars pretty much only for the production value, and because I'm a sucker for space.
An expertly toned film, In the Heat of the Night cannot stand toe-to-toe with the crime films of its era; however, its social dialogue, not only concerning racism and prejudice, but also the equity dynamism between urban and rural, and old and new, plays out seamlessly. I am amazed how well this film has stood the test of time, and how relevant its motifs remain today. In addition to this, Poitier and Steiger give great performances - ones I will not soon forget.
God, I really need to stop sacrificing sleep to watch movies.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The only thing I hate about this movie is that it sets an unrealistic precedent for relationships. Where the hell am I going to find someone willing to cliff-dive with me, a 1966 Thunderbird, and a kink for reckless endangerment?
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