1971. USA. Don Medford. 106 min.
Thursday, June 12, 2008, 8:15 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1971. USA. Directed by Don Medford. Screenplay by James R. Webb. Music by Gil Mellé. With Sidney Poitier, Allan Garfield, Raul Julia, Sheree North. Appearing as Lt. Virgil Tibbs (a role he made famous in In the Heat of the Night and They Call Me Mister Tibbs!) for the third and last time, Poitier tries to crush an international crime syndicate. The film's action sequences are genuinely gripping, with an eerie avant-garde jazz score by Gil Mellé that fuses saxophone, funky percussion, strings, and electronic synthesizer. Known for what he called his "primitive modern" sound, in the early 1970s Mellé pioneered the use of electronic film music with his scores for The Andromeda Strain and television's Night Gallery. 106 min.