In the Heat of the Night | Chicago Reader

In the Heat of the Night

Rated NR 109 minutes 1967

Philly cop Sidney Poitier, stranded in racist Mississippi, teams up with redneck sheriff Rod Steiger to solve a murder. A decent piece of do-good cinema (1967), though the Academy Award went not to Poitier for his righteous indignation but to Steiger for his flamboyant cracker routine. Director Norman Jewison stages their confrontations for effectively flashy, immediate effects, though he unnecessarily neglects the action-movie underpinning. The semisequel, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!, was much more satisfying in genre terms. With Lee Grant and Warren Oates.

Film Credits

Director: Norman Jewison

Producer: Walter Mirisch

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Quentin Dean, James Patterson, William Schallert, Lee Grant, Scott Wilson, Matt Clark, Anthony James, Larry Gates, Kermit Murdock, Khalil Bezaleel, Beah Richards, Peter Whitney, William Watson, Timothy Scott, Jack Teter and Alan Oppenheimer

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