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In the Heat of the Night (Widescreen)

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Both riveting murder mystery and classic fish-out-of-water yarn, Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night represents Hollywood at its wiliest, cloaking exposé in the most entertaining trappings. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger prove the decade's most formidable antagonists. Poitier plays Virgil Tibbs, an arrogant homicide detective waylaid in Sparta, Mississippi; Steiger, in his bravura Oscar-winning turn, is Bill Gillespie, the town's hardheaded, bigoted sheriff who first arrests Tibbs for murder and then begs for his expertise. As the clues and suspects mount, Gillespie and his deputies develop begrudging respect for the black officer. The first-rate supporting cast includes Lee Grant as the victim's angry widow, Warren Oates as a voyeuristic deputy, William Schallert as the pragmatic mayor, and, in his screen debut, Scott Wilson (In Cold Blood) as an unlucky fugitive. The brilliant widescreen cinematography is by Haskell Wexler, and the scat-music score is by Quincy Jones. Ray Charles wails the blues theme song. --Glenn Lovell

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Dans la chaleur de la nuit (In the Heat of the Night) est un film américain réalisé par Norman Jewison, sorti en 1967 et sacré Oscar du meilleur film 1967. Virgil Tibbs est un officier de police noir, du nord des États-Unis. En visite dans une petite ville du sud où la plupart des habitants sont fortement racistes, il se retrouve impliqué dans une enquête sur un meurtre. ****************In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 dramatic mystery film directed by Norman Jewison, based on the 1965 John Ball novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi. It stars Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, and Warren Oates, and was produced by Walter Mirisch. The screenplay was by Stirling Silliphant. The film won five Academy Awards, including the 1967 award for Best Picture. The film was followed by two sequels, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! in 1970, and The Organization in 1971. In 1988, it also became the basis of a television series adaptation of the same name. Although the film was set in the fictional Mississippi town of Sparta (with supposedly no connection to the real Sparta, Mississippi, an unincorporated community), part of the movie was filmed in Sparta, Illinois, where many of the film's landmarks can still be seen. The quote "They call me Mister Tibbs!" was listed as number 16 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes, a list of top film quotes.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic and Classy Film...Stirring Performances May 17 2003
Format:DVD
This review refers to the MGM DVD Contemporary Classics edition of "In the Heat of the Night"....
"In the Heat of the Night" is a classic and esstential film, that should be a part of every film library. The gripping performances by the likes of such class actors as Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates and Lee Grant, the expert direction by Norman Jewison, the camera angles and the music(Quincy Jones) will hold you hostage every second of this compelling story.
It is the mid 1960's and a murder has occured in the small town of Sparta, Mississippi.Virgil Tibbs, a black homicide investigator(Poitier),from the North, who happens to be passing through town, gets caught up in the town's rush to judgement in finding the killer. First he is automatically assumed to be the first and only suspect by the bigoted towns people, then is coerced into staying and helping out on the case when Chief of Police Gillespie(Steiger), realizes who he is.
Each with their own form of prejudices, Tibbs and Gillespie have very differnt ideas about solving the case. They find it is important to put those feelings aside and work together though. Together they fight off the town bigots, and put the pieces of the puzzle together, meeeting adversity every step of the way. The twists and turns of the story will draw you in and keep you.
It is an excellent mystery as well as character studies, and most definatley deserved all the accolades and awards it was honored with. Among the awards it took home at Oscar time were Best Picture(1967), Best Actor(Rod Steiger) and Best Screenplay among others.
I was prepared to go 5 stars on this film, and the film on it's own deserves that at least. The picture has been beautifully transfered to DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just About as Good as a Movie Gets June 14 2004
By J
Format:DVD
In 1967 Poitier made this movie and Look Who's Coming to Dinner. Both were extremely well received and this won academy awards for best picture and best actor. Poitier's career slid downhill from here almost immediately. That his status as The Greatest Black Actor Ever hasn't diminished nearly 40 years later is a testament to his excellence and influence in the late 50's and the 60's up until '67. The movie is nearly perfect. Rod Steiger gives the performance of his career. Poitier is excellent, of course. The story is good but the movie is really about the racial tensions and two men forced to work together despite their desire not to be in the same room together. Also at hand is a backward and archaic South being slowly dragged kicking and screaming into postwar 20th century.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars TENSIONS FLAIR IN THE HEAT OF THIS NIGHT! June 9 2004
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
"In The Heat of the Night" is the racially charged melodrama that made Sidney Poitier a star. Poitier is Det. Virgil Tibbs, an out of state detective assigned to investigate a racially motivated crime in the deep South. Tibbs' initial congenial good nature immediate brand him a push over by both his fellow officers and the populous. But Tibbs is a man of conviction. He immediately runs into interference from Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger), a bigoted and pompous law man who begins to change his ways when it turns out that Virgil's hunch on the case might just turn out to be true. Both the central performances of Poitier and Steiger, and the unlikely bond and ultimate friendship that ensue, are electrifying reasons to revisit this powerful drama of the 1960s. Lee Grant, Beah Richards and Warren Oates costar. In the late 80s "In The Heat of the Night" became a prime time television series starring Caroll O'Connor. But by then much of the tempestuous and confrontational aspects of its subplot had been removed.
MGM/UA gives us a non-anamorphic widescreen DVD. Colors are severely dated with a lot of fading present throughout the print. Age related artifacts are everywhere and sometimes distract. Black levels are often weak. Pixelization is primarily responsible for an unstable image. The audio is mono and badly dated as well, strident and poorly balanced. There are no extras.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. Great movie. Oct. 26 2013
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Everything was wonderful. The choice of actors, the setting, the acting itself. You just cannot get the feeling you get from old movies like this one anymore. The atmosphere is distroyed in new movies with the HD, and blue-ray. Don't get me wrong, it works on most new movies, I just wish more producers would make attempts to bring back this old feeling that you get from In the Heat of the Night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In The Heat Of The Night April 1 2012
By Karin
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of this movie. Thought provoking from the first, rewatching this film I discover deep thoughts, clues and plot lines. All the more poignant knowing the progression of American apartheid leading to American Presidency. I consider this movie a fair snapshot of society in a specific time and place.. I keep having to re-buy it cause I give it away!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Portrayal Dec 20 2013
By ,,,
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Rod Steiger gives one of the best portrayal of a man "coming of age" with respect to racial relations. A must see , especially for those who did not live through this era of racial discrimination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STEIGER AND POITIER AT THEIR HEIGHTS OF POWER June 6 2004
Format:DVD
In 1967, Sidney Poitier again stirred the red-necks with "In the Heat of the Night", where he plays Virgil Tibbs, a competent Philadelphia cop stuck overnight in a Mississippi town. It must be 110 degrees at night. The white boys sweat like stuck pigs while Virgil is as cool as a cucumber in a Savoy Row suit. The sheriff, Rod Steiger, is discomfited by circumstances in which Tibbs is "lent" to him to solve a murder that happens to occur when he is there. In working together, layer after layer of characterization is stripped away in marvelous fashion, through the skill of director Norman Jewison (who tells everybody he is not a Jew, he is Methodist), until understanding between the two men become a metaphor for the healing of a divided America. Very good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great restauration HD
This is the best movie ever made with Missisipi Buning, against the segration.It's a powerfull message against the discrimination.The restauration is great.Go for it.
Published 2 months ago by Francois Lamoureux
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Racist story
In the heat of the night is a story that deals with racism, where Virgil Tibbs (the black man) came from Philadelphia to visit his mother. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2005 by Elias
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema's all-time best detective thriller.
Between the dark film noir of "The Maltese Falcon" and the creepy gorefests inspired by "The Silence of the Lambs," the detective film wasn't exactly a vital... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Bruce Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time favorite
One of my favorite movies ever. I have watched this movie dozens of times and never tire of it. It is truly great and deserving of all the awards it received.
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Dewey BOV
5.0 out of 5 stars 1967...an auspicious year...
"In the Heat of the Night" won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1967. I was a Freshman in college that year, and all the talk was about "Bonnie and Clyde", a great film. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by R. Gawlitta
5.0 out of 5 stars "What kind of a place is this"?
Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) sits alone at a train station in Sparta, Mississippi. He came to visit his mother and is going back on the 4:05 to Memphis. Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by Jerry Fry
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Poor Quality of the DVD
I was very disappointed with the "In the Heat of the Night" DVD. It had a lot of tiling and it was incomplete. Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by Janice Russell
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