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35 of 36 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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment on BD
Five stars for the film, but not a showcase blu ray disc. This is probably due largely to the way the film was shot and the colour process that was used. In interior scenes especially, colours often appear dirty or splotchy and contrasts are not pleasing. Not sure how much of a problem this is going to be on smaller TV sets, but on a big one the effect is really...
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5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional, 9 Jun. 2011
In the heat of the night is essentially simple crime thriller, however it is its portrayal of bigotry in small town America that really sets it apart. The film focuses on a black Philadelphia detective (Poitier) who after a mix-up when visiting relatives in Mississippi ends up colliding with a rather unenlightened white police chief (Steiger). After some calls to prove his identity, he ends up investigating the homicide of a wealthy white man for which he was previously accused.

Both Steiger and Poitier exhibit some exceptional acting throughout the film (although Steiger does rather steal the show.) There is excellent contrast between the two characters at the beginning of the film and at times the contempt which they clearly feel for each other is palpable. This slowly diminishes over the course of the film as the two men discover that they are not so different after all. Personally I felt this was very convincing and stands as testament to the skill and talent of both actors.

The film has a great sense of social justice, the apothesis of which is a scene in which a wealthy white plantation owner slaps Poitier's character, who in turn slaps him right back. Although Steiger's poorly veiled surprise when he discovers that the black man he has dragged in off the street is a police officer is also worthy of note. Now although the scenes certainly added to my enjoyment of the film they also highlight the only flaw in it that I can see. By making the hero of the piece the only subject of bigotry, you never get the sense of its personal effects. Poitier's character is simply too resilient. As such while films like Mississippi burning lack the same social justice element they do better show the terrible effects of bigotry on an oppressed people.

That small criticism aside in the heat of the night is an exceptional film. It is easy to forget that it was made in 1967 as it is intensely atmospheric due to some brilliant acting and to a lesser extent an excellent soundtrack, giving the film a real "Southern" feel. I would wholeheartedly recommend in heat of the night to anybody, however those with an interest in the subject matter will find it indispensable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment on BD, 30 July 2014
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Five stars for the film, but not a showcase blu ray disc. This is probably due largely to the way the film was shot and the colour process that was used. In interior scenes especially, colours often appear dirty or splotchy and contrasts are not pleasing. Not sure how much of a problem this is going to be on smaller TV sets, but on a big one the effect is really disappointing. Exteriors look much better and presumably show that mastering is not at fault. 60s filmmaking was often technically slapdash - the other side of the newly won cinematic freedom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Dollar Drama, 12 Sept. 2011
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`In The Heat Of The Night' is a movie like they no longer make `em. Even the much later and more flamboyant `Mississipi Burning' couldn't out-shine this.

Blindingly handsome Sidney Poitier becomes the cop in the wrong place at the wrong time. There's murder afoot in the deep south, and Poitier's Virgil Tibbs is a solitary stranger, innocently courting hassle by being black. Hauled of to the local nick, he encounters Rod Steiger's bigoted sheriff. The performances between these two are wonderful to behold, as the latter is grudgingly compelled to ask a `niggra' to help him solve the crime. Racial prejudice is the core issue here, though its presentation is understated if anything. The other is professionalism, and how education - which Virgil Tibbs has troubled to acquire - can advance the other.

This movie won 5 Oscars including best picture for 1967. There's a decent supporting cast including Warren Oates, but they are completely eclipsed by the two star turns.

The DVD supplied by Amazon was satisfactory in most respects. Filmed in colour and with a 1hr 45min run time. Viewer rating is `12'. Mono soundtrack is reputed to have been re-mastered. No extras.

Very highly recommended, especially at the present price of a penny short of three quid, postage free.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 'in your face' movie., 21 Mar. 2012
This film was a revelation of powerful acting and unforgettable characters set in the Deep South of the USA. Sydney Poitier and Rod Steiger play to their strengths as the two antagonists who develop a growing respect for each other in a town where racism is still strong.Poitier's detective Virgil Tibbs is a tour de force of contained anger when he finds himself waiting in a town for a connecting train to get to his destination and is involved in a murder investigation.Rod Steiger is the strong willed town sheriff with an equally short fuse who attempts to solve the case.The music and atmospheric photography is excellent, as is the comic relief acting of Warren Oates as the bumbling deputy.This film is still fresh as when it was made.Can we get a release dvd of the Sydney Poitier war movie set in Korea, 'All the Young Men' with Alan Ladd ?
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film badly presented!, 16 Mar. 2012
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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 story packed with visual metaphor, so if you're thinking of buying "In the Heat of the Night" for your DVD collection I suggest you look for a copy which contains the full image and correct aspect ratio.

In short, it's a truly wonderful film shoddily and uncaringly presented... I don't know what the DVD authors where thinking but for shame!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible drama, 19 April 2003
The powerful anti-racist message, strong detective story and the eery silence that hovers over this film like a haze, are enough in themselves to make up a masterpiece. But, most outstanding of all is the exceptional chemistry between Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in the lead roles - a harmony that shows their complete devotion to their work. I would even go so far as to say that there has never been such a perfect cast pairing in modern cinema. This film is utterly remarkable in every respect. If a look was not capable of telling a thousand words, they would still have been filming now. I exaggerate not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before 'Equal Rights', 21 Oct. 2011
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This old film is a must for the portrayal of southern United States attitudes before the era of equal rights for black Americans. The power play between the races, the classes and the gradual awaking and acceptance is a masterpiece - indeed, the ending clip shows it all. Steiger and Poitier are simply brilliant. The 'trash whites' are also well depicted. If you haven't seen it, you must. If you have, as I have, it is worth watching again and again, each time picking up nuances. I bought this for one of my daughters whose strength is human relations. Don't miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 1 Mar. 2013
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It's a long time since I first saw Sydney Poitiers in this film but it remains a classic as the very capable & experienced coloured Chicago homicide detective, in a racially biased southern town he is passing through on vacation, finds obstacles (because of his colour) to overcome but his superior forensics knowledge and quiet demeanour coupled with stoical sense of humour in difficult circumstances, wins him through and gains respect along the way. Today, many years on, such a part would be played by Denzel Washington or Morgan Freeman. Excellent film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie like they used to do in the good old times, 14 Sept. 2014
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This is not a fantastic memorable film, yet it's far better than most of the cop movies of the last 30 years, the first buddy-cop-movie ever made, brilliantly shot, acted and directed, well crafted as they used to do in the 60/70ies. Pure cinema, made of a great crew, a good script, a brilliant idea, and great actors. Rod Steiger belongs to that unique and limited edition of actors (lee Cobb, george Scott, edward g robinson, just to mention the americans) who can play the villain as good as they play the sweetest human being on heart.
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