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Plot, Details & Awards

In the Heat of the Night

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 08/2/1967 , 109min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Walter Mirisch Won
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Norman Jewison Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Rod Steiger Won
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Hal Ashby Won
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Stirling Silliphant Won
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects James A. Richard Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Norman Jewison Nominated
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts United Nations Award Norman Jewison Won
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actor Rod Steiger Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Stirling Silliphant Won
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Norman Jewison Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Sidney Poitier Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Quentin Dean Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Rod Steiger Won
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Lee Grant Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Norman Jewison Nominated
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts United Nations Award Norman Jewison Won
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actor Rod Steiger Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 Directors Guild of America Best Director Norman Jewison Nominated

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Screenplay Stirling Silliphant Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Rod Steiger Won
1967 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won

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