While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigationof a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crimeand then asked to solve it! Finding the killer proves to be difficult, however, especially when his efforts are constantly thwarted by the bigoted town sheriff (Steiger). But neither man can solve this case alone. Putting aside their differences and prejudices, they join forces in a desperate race against time to discover the shocking truth.
**Widescreen Feature Film
**Commentary by Norman Jewison, Lee Grant,Rod Steiger and Haskell Wexler
**Theatrical Trailer / TV Spots
**Turning Up the Heat: Movie Making in the Turbulent 60s
**The Slap Heard Around the World
**Quincy Jones: In the Heat of the Music
Cast & Crew
No deep solutions are suggested in this subtle and meticulously observed study. Yet Director Norman Jewison has used his camera to extract a cer tain rough-cut beauty from each protagonist.
An excellent Sidney Poitier performance, and an outstanding one by Rod Steiger, overcome some noteworthy flaws to make In The Heat of the Night an absorbing contemporary murder drama.
A decent piece of do-good cinema.
A film that has the look and sound of actuality and the pounding pulse of truth.