In the Heat of Night [40th Anniversary Edition]

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Synopsis

The winner of the 1967 Oscar for Best Picture (as well as four other Oscars), In the Heat of the Night is set in a small Mississippi town where an unusual murder has been committed. Rod Steiger plays sheriff Bill Gillespie, a good lawman despite his racial prejudices. When Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), a well-dressed northern African-American, comes to town, Gillespie instinctively puts him under arrest as a murder suspect. Tibbs reveals himself to be a Philadelphia police detective; after he and Gillespie come to a grudging understanding of one another, Tibbs offers to help in Gillespie's investigation. As the case progresses, both Gillespie and Tibbs betray a tendency to jump to culture-dictated conclusions. Still, the case is solved thanks to the informal teamwork of the two law officers. Based on the novel by John Ball, In the Heat of the Night inspired two sequels, both starring Poiter as Virgil Tibbs. In 1987, a TV series version of In the Heat of the Night appeared, with Carroll O'Connor as Gillespie and Howard Rollins as Tibbs. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
1/15/08 
Studio
MGM
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 50 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • Commentary by Norman Jewison, Lee Grant, Rod Steiger and cinematographer Haskell Wexler
  • Turning Up the Heat: Movie-Making in the '60s featurette
  • The Slap Heard Around the World featurette
  • Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound featurette
  • Original theatrical trailer
Number of Discs
1

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