In the Heat of the Night

Release Date:
Aug 2, 1967
Running Time:
Crime Drama
Norman Jewison
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)
Walter Mirisch
Stirling Silliphant

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In the Heat of the Night

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.

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