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In The Heat Of The Night [DVD] [1967]

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  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Larry Gates
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Writers: John Ball, Stirling Silliphant
  • Producers: Walter Mirisch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, English, German
  • Dubbed: German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L3QZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Rod Steiger plays a small-town Mississippi sheriff who is forced to collaborate on a murder investigation with Virgil Tibbs, a black homicide detective from Philadelphia (Sidney Poitier). The pair at first find themselves totally at odds with each other, but as the investigation proceeds each learns to respect the other's talents. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Steiger.

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This 1967 film took home lots of Oscars for its fascinating drama about a Philadelphia detective (Sidney Poitier) who assists a redneck Southern sheriff (Rod Steiger) in solving a murder. A study in racism that ebbs a bit through the collective and shared need between a black man and a white man who don't want to be working together, In the Heat of the Night continues to strike a chord today. Steiger is a mass of snarling danger, Poitier a bundle of nerves covered in class. Norman Jewison (Moonstruck) directs with a keen feeling for the cultural and social atmosphere of the setting. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
From the opening performance of "In The Heat of the Night", sung by the great Ray Charles, this film will grab your attention immediately and will grip you for the next hour and 3/4.

Poitier plays a black northern dectective Virgil Tibbs, who is arrested in the deep south for a murder he had nothing to with. Steiger is a bigoted local Sheriff eventually forced to work with Tibbs to solve the case. Both the lead performances are truly mesmerising. There are a number of classic scenes in this film of which perhaps my favourite is when the Sheriff interviews Tibbs for the first time and finds he's a policeman.

The film is very well directed by Norman Jewison and won 5 Oscars in 1967, including best actor for Rod Steiger. Quincy Jones also deservedly won a Grammy for his music score. The only extra is the original trailer, which is a shame. However the film itself is so good that the DVD has to have 5 stars regardless.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 2004
Format: DVD
In The Heat Of The Night is a classic because of the way it shows the 'power' struggle between old world values still in practice and the progression of human rights. Sidney Poitier is a revelation in this film, although his performance was aided greatly by Rod Steiger. The duo brilliantly show the friction of differing education, both school and moral, coupled eloquently with their personality similarities. Rod Steiger's constant struggle against his instincts and common opinion as regards Virgil Tibbs, is a very open and intriguing one.
The direction in this film is remarkable and subtle, with the clever use of music accentuating at the exact moments an avid viewer would want them.
The supporting cast held their own, with handy contributions all around, all helping to add to the community resentment towards Tibbs.
The plot was powerful but the presence of certain characters seemed a little tenuous. The characters almost seemed an inclusive to emphasise the obvious. For example, the visit to the cotton mill seemed to have no eventual purpose to the plot except the show the blatant bigotry that was implied by the rest of the film in a somewhat more reserved approach.
Aside from that minor blip, the film flows brilliantly and I highly recommend this film to all who want a damn good film with quality acting and direction. A must see classic of the 60's era.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
I can believe this film is forty years old !. The tension is there right from the start. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout. A fantastic thriller, it should also be on every school's citizenship curriculum. Only the ending I found a little flat, it could have been done better - more exciting. But the rest of the film is brilliant. Better than most modern films. Watch it !.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller on 1 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT [1967] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Nominated For Seven Academy Awards® and Winner Of Five Academy Awards® Including the 1967 award for Best Picture!

Starring Academy Award® Winners Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Lee Grant, this provocative mystery thriller is still as powerful as ever.

In the Deep South, homicide detective Virgil Tibbs [Sidney Poitier] becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. When the bigoted town sheriff [Rod Steiger] gets involved, both he and Virgil Tibbs must put aside their differences and join forces in a race against time to discover the shocking truth.

FILM FACT: Academy Award® Winners: Academy Award for Best Picture (Walter Mirisch). Academy Award for Best Actor (Rod Steiger). Academy Award for Film Editing (Hal Ashby). Academy Award for Best Sound (Samuel Goldwyn Studios). Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay (Stirling Silliphant). Academy Award® Nominations: Academy Award for Directing (Norman Jewison). Academy Award for Sound Editing (James Richard). Other Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture for Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and Motion Picture Drama for Rod Steiger. Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for Stirling Silliphant. BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor forRod Steiger. BAFTA UN Award for Norman Jewison.

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, James Patterson, William Schallert, Beah Richards, Peter Whitney, Kermit Murdock, Larry D.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film won best picture Oscar in 1967. It was one of a number of distinguished liberal American films made at the time of the growth of the Civil Rights movement -'To Kill a Mockingbird' was another - when the US was very much a divided nation, with African Americans, as the term now is - it wasn't then - still very much an underprivileged, underrepresented sector of society. Now, when Barak Obama has just announced his intention to run for the Presidency, the film has a certain period, nostalgic feel to it (not that all the race-based problems in the US have been solved by any means). But that does not stop it from being a cracking good film. It's well plotted, very well directed and very atmospherically set. But what really sets it apart is the chemistry between Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) and the local small-town Southern sheriff (Rod Steiger), by birth and upbringing no 'nigger-lover' but at the same time intelligent enough to recognise ability and integrity when he sees them, so that the two eventually form a strange alliance against the deep-rooted prejudices of the town. Steiger in particular is terrific. Ar the end of the film, when they take their farewells of each other, their genuine respect, understated as it would be with two such men, is very moving. Anyway, every minute of this film is totally absorbing and I recommend it highly.
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