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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film
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...
Published on 4 Jan 2009 by S J Buck

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film badly presented!
I really love this film, but be warned that this version has been cropped down the sides to alter the aspect ratio, losing the original compositions. Clearly (on a TV) this type of film would normally have black bars at the top and bottom but the authors of this DVD have decided to do a hatchet job instead. It is a great shame to see this in such a carfully composed...
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by LAB


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Competely brilliant, 24 July 2009
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M. Sear (Milton Keynes UK) - See all my reviews
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I cannot say how great this movie is. Evocative, thoughtful, brilliantly acted and tense. It is supreme. EVERY home move collection needs it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic from the 60:s, 30 July 2012
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I watched this movie some 30 years ago and remembered the red thread of the plot, but now I wanted to see it again and bought the dvd here on Amazon.
Sidney Poitier is the star of the film, which focus on the race problem in America and especially in the south in the 1960:s Poitier was part of the civilrights movement
and made two great movies that put the finger on the race problem in America(In the heat of the night and Guess whos coming to dinner).When I saw it now, 2012, its still a great
movie, but the real star of the movie is Rod Steiger, the redneck sheriff in the town where Poitier happens to be at the wrong time at the wrong place. Just one example; watch the scene when Steiger finds out that the man they have arrested for murder is a "real" policeman from way up north, just watch Steigers face! Sure Poitier is good, but look out for Steiger, without him the movie would fall flat down in its sometimes too "black and white" view of the problem of racism in the south. Some things in the movie are very 60:s so to speak, but some scenes will never be outdated, they are just as real today, 2012, buy the movie and go and figure it out for yourself whereever you live. Its a very good way to spend an Sunday afternoon or evening.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every cent just to see Steiger again, 28 May 2012
I re-watch this time and time again, just to see [mainly] the superb Rod Steiger. Theres a moment, early on, where police chief Steiger realises, face to face with Poitier, who is his primary and only suspect; that he is in reality confronting an innocent police officer.
Just watch Rod Steiger's expression change .... extraordinary acting and faultless direction.
A fabulous film, very much of its time [the late 1960s] and yet somehow not dated at all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heat Is On, 4 Dec 2001
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There is no doubt in my mind when I say that Sidney Poitier is one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. It is perhaps then no wonder that in the staring role of this extremely powerful and though provoking film, Poitier delivers a faultless performance.
Poitier comes face to face with a corrupt and racist police force in the path of solving a brutal murder in a small community that is, shall we say, a little "unfriendly" towards those of a different racial background...
This film has quite simply some of the greatest, most thought provoiking schenes of all time. In The Heat Of The Night skillfully combines the contorvesy and violence of racism with the fast - paced excitement of a modern day thriller.
To put it another way, In The Heat Of The Night is a film you will never forget...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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Brilliant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the film, 31 May 2014
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This film dates back to the times when there were different rules.

Sidney Poitier plays an excellent part.

Still one of the classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant film., 31 Mar 2014
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This review is from: In the Heat of the Night [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier give masterly performances in film full of southern USA racial tension. The story line is a simple case of mugging and murder with a few twists and turns. An exhibition of racial bigotry where, in the end, the bigots have to admit that their attitude is grotesque.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Blu-ray transfer, 26 Mar 2014
Finally another masterpiece restored to its originally glory by a brilliant transfer to Blu-ray. The image is much improved compared to the DVD version - a real feast for the eye now: excellent definition and contrast, vivid colours, no grain for 95% of the time (very little on a few short scenes). Sound carefully remastered, now in glorious 5.1 DTS-HD (as opposed to a modest mono on DVD); this does complete justice to Quincy Jones' superb soundtrack, with Ray Charles performing the title song. Undoubtedly one of the worthy upgrades from DVD to Blu-ray for fans of this classic film (no need to comment on its staggering cinematography and performances, all very well known to everybody).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic great, 10 Mar 2014
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This is a classic great that I watch over and over with Mr Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) this film has it all, it has the best and the worst of the U.S.A. when things were hard for black Americans.I highly recommend this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic addition to my collection, 5 Mar 2014
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Love this. Sydney Poitier - brilliant actor, brilliant film, one of several he made. Enjoyed re-discovering it all over again.
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