• In the Heat of the Night

    1967. USA. Norman Jewison. 109 min.

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • In the Heat of the Night

    1967. USA. Directed by Norman Jewison. Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel by John Ball. With Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant. “Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs gets drawn into a murder mystery in 1967 Sparta, Mississippi. The victim’s widow convinces him to help a bigoted police chief solve the crime. Race relations ignite when a white suspect slaps Tibbs. In Silliphant’s screenplay, Tibbs takes the hit. At Poitier’s insistence, his Tibbs strikes back, furthering the liberation of black men in American cinema. ‘They call me Mr. Tibbs.’ They’d better!” (Dwight Brown, NNPA Syndication/BlackPressUSA.com). NYFCC Best Picture, 1967. 109 min.