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In the Heat of the Night


Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant View All


Stirling Silliphant (Screenplay), Norman Jewison (Director) View All

Release: Aug. 2nd, 1967
Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes
An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
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It's quite clear that the man disgusts Tibbs, and it's not coincidence that in Tibbs' eyes he is far and away the no.1 suspect in the murder.
When a wealthy industrialist is killed in a small Mississippi town, the town's bigoted white sheriff is forced to team up with a black detective who is passing through town in order to solve the mystery.
Set the small town of Sparta, Mississippi, a young black police officer named Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is sitting in a train station waiting for a train when he is arrested for the murder of a local wealthy businessman who was planning to build a new factory in town.