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Main Cast: Norman Jewison,Sidney Poitier,Rod Steiger,Warren Oates,Lee Grant,Larry Gates,James Patterson,William Schallert,Beah Richards,Peter Whitney,Kermit Murdock,Larry D. Mann,Matt Clark,Arthur Malet,Fred Stewart,Quentin Dean
Detective Virgil Tibbs is caught up in the racial tension of the US South when he is arrested after the murder of a prominent businessman. Tibbs was simply waiting for his next train at the station in Sparta, Mississippi and the confusion is soon resolved but when local police chief Gillespie learns that Tibbs is the Philadelphia PD's number one homicide expert, he reluctantly asks for his assistance. The murdered man, Mr. Colbert, had come to Sparta from the North to build a new factory and his wife and business associates immediately point the finger at Endicott, the most powerful man in the county and the one who had the most to lose if a major new employer comes to the area. Tibbs' life is clearly in danger but he perseveres in a highly charged and racially explosive environment until the killer is found.
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In The Heat Of The Night
Norman Jewison,Sidney Poitier,Rod Steiger,Warren Oates,Lee Grant,Larry Gates,James Patterson,William Schallert,Beah Richards,Peter Whitney,Kermit Murdock,Larry D. Mann,Matt Clark,Arthur Malet,Fred Stewart,Quentin Dean
It does depend on your tastes though. So don't go by my 5 stars.
It is a movie from the 60s, so may seem a bit slow if you like the Mission Impossible kind of movies. If you have some sense of the racial nature of the society in the southern US (especially in the 60s), this movies is among the best that touches upon that subject. The plot is very good. The roles played by Poitier and Steiger are spellbinding. The music (composed by Quincy Jones) is very good.