Found in: Black Star
In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

classified 12A

Black Star


Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016

Norman Jewison
Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
109 mins, 1967, USA

“I feel truly privileged to be associated with, for my money, one of the most important and influential films ever to confront and highlight rampant racism in 1960s America, especially with a black actor in the leading role."

- Norman Jay MBE

A redneck sheriff (Rod Steiger) and a black Philadelphia homicide detective (Sidney Poitier) reluctantly team up on a small-town murder investigation in Norman Jewison's Oscar®-winning crime drama.

Winner of five Oscars®, In the Heat of the Night is one of veteran director Norman Jewison's (The Thomas Crown Affair, Fiddler on the Roof) most celebrated films. When a wealthy industrialist in a small Mississippi town turns up dead, local sheriff Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) orders a dragnet which pulls in black Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), who winds up working on the case. Placing its mystery plot against a scorching condemnation of American race prejudice, it also wittily turns the tables on the racist clichés of American cinema, with the black man out-thinking his white counterpart every step of the way.

Beautifully shot and with a great supporting cast, the film remains a landmark of cinema - and Poitier excels in a role that would cement his position as the pre-eminent black actor of his generation.

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