In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

Sidney Poitier
Director: Norman Jewison Cast: Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
, Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
, Warren Oates
Warren Oates
Norman Jewison


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The winner of the 1967 Oscar for Best Picture (as well as four other Oscars), In the Heat of the Night is set in a small Mississippi town where an unusual murder has been committed. Rod Steiger plays sheriff Bill Gillespie, a good lawman despite his racial prejudices. When Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), a well-dressed northern African-American, comes to town, Gillespie instinctively puts him under arrest as a murder suspect. Tibbs reveals himself to be a Philadelphia police detective; after he and Gillespie come to a grudging understanding of one another, Tibbs offers to help in Gillespie's investigation. As the case progresses, both Gillespie and Tibbs betray a tendency to jump to culture-dictated conclusions. Still, the case is solved thanks to the informal teamwork of the two law officers. Based on the novel by John Ball, In the Heat of the Night inspired two sequels, both starring Poiter as Virgil Tibbs. In 1987, a TV series version of In the Heat of the Night appeared, with Carroll O'Connor as Gillespie and Howard Rollins as Tibbs.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2014
UPC: 0883904301615
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: A
Time: 1:50:00

Special Features

Commentary with Norman Jewison, Lee Grant, Rod Steiger and cinematographer Haskell Wexler; Turning up the heat: moviemaking in the '60s; The slap heard around the world; Quincy Jones: breaking new sound

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Poitier Virgil Tibbs
Rod Steiger Police Chief Bill Gillespie
Warren Oates Deputy Sam Wood
Lee Grant Mrs. Leslie Colbert
James Patterson Purdy
Scott Wilson Harvey Oberst
Quentin Dean Delores Purdy
Larry Gates Eric Endicott
Beah Richards Mama Caleba
William Schallert Mayor Schubert
Matt Clark Packy Harrison
Anthony James Ralph Henshaw
Kermit Murdock H.E. Henderson
Khalil Bezaleel Jess
Peter Whitney George Courtney
William Watson McNeil
Timothy Scott Shagbag Martin
Larry D. Mann Watkins
Stuart Nisbet Shuie
Eldon Quick Charlie Hawthorne
Fred Stewart Dr. Stuart
Arthur Malet Ted Ulam
Peter Masterson Arnold Fryer
Alan Oppenheimer Ted Appleton
Phil Garris Engineer
Jester Hairston Butler
Clegg Hoyt Deputy
Phil Adams 1st Tough
Nikita Knatz 2nd Tough
Buzz Barton Conductor
Jack Teter Philip Colbert
Sammy Reese Clerk
Ray Charles Singer

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director
Del Armstrong Makeup
Hal Ashby Editor
Alan Bergman Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Songwriter
Paul Groesse Art Director
Milt Hamerman Casting
Quincy Jones Score Composer,Songwriter
Alan Levine Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Mirisch Producer
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
James A. Richard Sound Editor
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer

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