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In the Heat of the Night

Thriller about the bigoted sheriff (Rod Steiger) of a small Mississippi town who finds himself forced into collaboration with a black detective (Sidney Poitier) from Philadelphia.

Oscar-winning thriller about the bigoted sheriff in a small Mississippi cotton town who finds himself forced into collaboration with a black homicide expert from Philadelphia.

Sparta, Mississippi is a small, quiet town broiling on a steamy September night. At the train station Virgil Tibbs, a solitary black man from out of town, is arrested for the murder of a rich northern industrialist. Police chief Gillespie has no experience of a murder inquiry and subjects Tibbs to a bigoted, insolent interrogation. But when Tibbs reveals himself to be a top city homicide cop, his is just the assistance Gillespie can do without.

1 hour, 49 minutes

Last on

Fri 16 Aug 2019 23:35

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Role Contributor
Virgil Tibbs Sidney Poitier
Gillespie Rod Steiger
Sam Wood Warren Oates
Mrs Colbert Lee Grant
Director Norman Jewison
Endicott Larry Gates
Mama Caleba Beah Richards
Packy Matt Clark
Harvey Oberst Scott Wilson
Writer Stirling Silliphant


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