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A perfect illustration of racism being shown to be archaic,
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This review is from: In The Heat Of The Night [DVD]  (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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Initial post: 5 Jan 2012 05:08:10 GMT
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Graeme Loveridge says:
The visit to the cotton mill is essential, though it has nothing to do with the eventual culmination of the mystery plot, it has everything to do with Tibb's character. The wealthy, white, land owner slaps Tibbs for asking questions that no black man should ask of his (in his racist opinion) better, Tibbs swats him straight back across the face without hesitation, it's a classic moment in film history and one of Poitier's finest (along with the line "they call me Mr Tibbs", from the same film). The fact that Tibbs follows lines of enquiry that end up being red herrings is something you don't see in most murder mysteries and the directer uses this to show that while Tibbs is a cut above the local investigators he's not perfect, it also shows a more realistic view of how a homicide investigation might pan out. These additional pieces of story and character development are kept interesting by excellent scripting and direction, and only add to the overall quality of this exquisit piece of cinema.
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