In the Heat of the Night Poster

Release Date: August 2nd, 1967

DVD Release Date: January 9th, 2001

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary
African-American Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of murder by Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger), the racist police chief of tiny Sparta, Mississippi. After Tibbs proves not only his own innocence but that of another man, he joins forces with Gillespie to track down the real killer. Their investigation takes them through every social level of the town, with Tibbs making enemies as well as unlikely friends as he hunts for the truth.

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Quentin Dean, James Patterson, William Schallert, Lee Grant, Scott Wilson

Director: Norman Jewison

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Mirisch Company

Distributors: MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

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