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Title:
In the heat of the night
Uniform Title:
In the heat of the night (Motion picture)
Edition:
40th anniversary edition; Widescreen ed.
Publication Information:
[United States] : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, [2008]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Videodisc release of the 1967 motion picture.

Special features: Commentary by Norman Jewison, Lee Grant, Rod Steiger and cinematographer Haskell Wexler ; "Turning up the heat: Movie-making in the '60's" featurette ; "The slap heard around the world" featurette ; "Quincy Jones: Breaking new sound" featurette ; original theatrical trailer.
Summary:
A black homicide expert is asked to help solve the murder of a wealthy businessman in a small southern town.
System Details:
DVD, region 1, NTSC, anamorphic widescreen (1:85:1), Dolby Digital.
Language Note:
Closed-captioned.

English, French or Spanish dialogue; English, French or Spanish subtitles.
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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Library Journal Review

Stopping at a Mississippi town for a train layover, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is pressed into helping the local police chief (Rod Steiger) solve a touchy murder case. Racial tension follows the pursuit of suspects, with prejudice on both sides of the color divide on full display in Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning matchup of detective work and social commentary. Benefiting from a 4K restoration, Night boasts a career-defining performance from Poitier ("They call me Mister Tibbs") and extras befitting its National Film Registry status. [See Trailers, LJ 12/18.] © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.