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985 Ratings

In the Heat of the Night

Directed by Norman Jewison
United States, 1967
Crime, Drama, Mystery


While on a trip back home in Mississippi, detective Virgil Tibbs is arrested for the murder of a prominent industrialist. His only crimes: being out late at night and being black. After some prodding by his boss, Tibbs joins forces with the bigoted town sheriff to catch the real killer.

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In the Heat of the Night Directed by Norman Jewison

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1968 | 5 wins including: Best Picture

1968 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

BAFTA Awards

1968 | 2 wins including: Best Foreign Actor

1968 | 2 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

Directors Guild of America

1968 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Writers Guild of America

1968 | Nominee: Best Written American Drama (Screen)

It’s the anger, the pride, and the reassembly that stand out most in this film. It’s the evocative power of Poitier’s performance, in particular, that makes In the Heat of the Night feel practically like two separate films, whose extraordinary double vision can only really be appreciated from a black perspective.
January 29, 2019
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A feverish tension crackles in each frame of In the Heat of the Night, sparked by the very real danger involved in making the film. In the Heat of the Night is not a ‘historical fiction’ as such but very much an urgent product of its time.
March 17, 2017
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Wow… As Dinah Washington once sang, “what a difference a day makes”. It would be disingenuous to say that Norman Jewison’s sweat-dappled southern policier gains a chilling relevance at a time when then the White House is being populated with white supremacist yahoos, because the film’s power was evident long prior to the world going very wrong indeed.
November 16, 2016
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