In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night (1967)

While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crime and then asked to solve it.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tense, funny, and thought-provoking all at once, and lifted by strong performances from Sydney Poitier and Rod Steiger, director Norman Jewison's look at murder and racism in small-town America continues to resonate today.

Richard Roeper

Social importance aside, In the Heat of the Night works as a buddy film and as a tense thriller.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A decent piece of do-good cinema.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Quincy Jones provides a score that perfectly complements the flavorful atmosphere.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

Oozes sufficient Southern sweat and features enough admirably crumpled character faces to make up for its over-strident liberal rhetoric.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Though apart from its handling of race, In The Heat Of The Night's story had a familiar ring, it didn't really look much like the standard fare of 1967.

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A.D. Murphy

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A film that has the look and sound of actuality and the pounding pulse of truth.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

If you're collecting Best Pictures, 'In the Heat of the Night' was completely deserving of the Oscar then, and remains a taut crime drama almost 50 years later.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Sidney Poitier stars as Virgil Tibbs, a detective from up north (Philadelphia) who gets stuck in the middle of a murder investigation in small town Sparta,… More
Reid Volk
An interesting film on the changing power dynamics of race relations in the Bible Belt at a time when the nation seemed to be mired in social upheaval. The film… More
xGary Xx
A black homicide detective from the big city becomes embroiled in a murder case in a small backwater town in 1960s Mississippi. A thinly disguised commentary on… More
Dan Schultz
A compelling drama centering on a black detective (Sydney Poitier), who reluctantly takes on a case in the still racist and bigoted South, pairing up with an… More
Jameson Worley
"They call me Mr. Tibbs!" Great film! Not really one i'd call a classic, but this is timeless piece that was completely ahead of it's… More
AJ Verser
Poitier fights for both justice and racial equality as a police officer in a small southern town, and he's just so intense he makes the movie. The best… More