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In the Heat of the Night

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Norman Jewison

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About the Movie

Sidney Poitier, in one of his most-celebrated roles, appears as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia homicide detective who, while visiting a small Mississippi town, will find himself falsely arrested for the murder and then, in a strained collaboration with the town's sheriff (Rod Steiger), stays on to help solve the murder. Steiger's town is a backward "redneck" Southern burg whose population includes an aristocratic racist, the eccentric owner of a fly-infested diner, exceptionally stupid cops, young thugs who beat people up for the fun of it and a young woman who provocatively cools herself by standing nude at her window. When the murder is finally solved Poitier and Steiger will part with reserve and distance, but with enormous respect for each other. Norman Jewison directed.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 45
  • Fresh: 43
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A film that has the look and sound of actuality and the pounding pulse of truth. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Feb 23, 2015

Fresh: 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. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Feb 27, 2018

Fresh: Poitier's excellent performance both transcends and lifts the pretensions of the film, eschewing earlier mannerisms and projecting a wealth of emotion in facial communication. – John Mahoney, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 2, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Great movie

this is a classic must see! I'm very impressed that iTunes even had this movie

Classic American struggle between race, class and expectations

This is an amazing movie to demonstrate the changing attitudes towards race and class in the 1960s, any student of modern history would be advised to watch, analyze and learn from this triumph of cinema.

A film about its time

This is a truly classic movie. Not just because of the story and how it plays out, which is compelling enough, but also the quality of the acting. You can tell it was a 1967 movie, though, and there's the irony inherent in it, given its theme. The white supporting actor won an oscar, and the black leading actor didn't. They both should have.

In the Heat of the Night
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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