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In the Heat of the Night (1967)

PG-13 08/02/1967 (US) CrimeDramaMysteryThriller 1h 49m

They got a murder on their hands. They don’t know what to do with it.


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.

  1. Norman Jewison


  2. John Ball


  3. Stirling Silliphant


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  1. Sidney Poitier

    Sidney Poitier

    Virgil Tibbs

  2. Rod Steiger

    Rod Steiger

    Police Chief Bill Gillespie

  3. Warren Oates

    Warren Oates

    Deputy Sam Wood

  4. Peter Whitney

    Peter Whitney

    Deputy Courtney

  5. Lee Grant

    Lee Grant

    Mrs. Leslie Colbert

  6. Anthony James

    Anthony James


  7. William Schallert

    William Schallert

    Mayor Schubert

  8. Scott Wilson

    Scott Wilson

    Harvey Oberst

  9. Larry Gates

    Larry Gates

    Eric Endicott

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