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In the Heat of the Night


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MPAA Rating: NR
Genre: Crime Drama
Director: Norman Jewison

African-American Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs is arrested on suspicion of murder by Bill Gillespie, the racist police chief of tiny Sparta, Mississippi. After Tibbs proves not only his own innocence but that of another man, he joins forces with Gillespie to track down the real killer. Their investigation takes them through every social level of the town, with Tibbs making enemies as well as unlikely friends as he hunts for the truth.

Cast :

  • Sidney Poitier
  • Virgil Tibbs
  • Rod Steiger
  • Bill Gillespie
  • Warren Oates
  • Sam Wood
  • Quentin Dean
  • Delores Purdy
  • James Patterson
  • Purdy, Delores' brother
  • William Schallert
  • Mayor Webb Schubert
  • Lee Grant
  • Mrs. Leslie Colbert
  • Scott Wilson
  • Harvey Oberst
  • Matt Clark
  • Packy Harrison
  • Anthony James
  • Ralph Henshaw
  • Larry Gates
  • Eric Endicott
  • Kermit Murdock
  • H.E. Henderson
  • Khalil Bezaleel
  • Jess
  • Beah Richards
  • Mama Caleba
  • Peter Whitney
  • George Courtney
  • William C. Watson
  • McNeil
  • Timothy Scott
  • ``Shagbag'' Martin
  • Jack Teter
  • Philip Colbert (uncredited)
  • Alan Oppenheimer
  • Ted Appleton (uncredited)
Producers :
Walter Mirisch
Writers :
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