In The Heat Of The Night

Director:   Norman Jewison
Year:   1967
Language:   English
Time:   109 minutes

After a wealthy northern factory owner is murdered, racist Mississippi cops accuse African American Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) of the crime. Once they learn that he is a renowned Philadelphia homicide detective, they reluctantly seek his help. As Tibbs displays his skills as a detective, he begins to win the respect, protection, and ultimately friendship of the Police Chief Bill Gillepsie (Rod Steiger).

In 1968 this film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Rod Steiger), Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Screenplay.

Post-film discussion led by Dave Woods.

Not rated in the US (G and PG elsewhere).

Links

About the director, Norman Jewison.

Review of the film.

About the actor, Sidney Poitier.