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In the Heat of the Night-40th Anniversary

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Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier are compelling as an unlikely crime-fighting pair in this five-time Oscar winning (including Best Picture) murder mystery set in a steamy southern town.


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 206179347
UPC 027616098610
UPC 14 00027616098610
Format DVD
Release Date 2/3/2008
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Poitier,Sidney
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Cast & Crew
Hal Ashby - Editor
Haskell Wexler - Cinematographer
John Ball - Based On Novel By
Lee Grant - Actor
Norman Jewison - Director
Paul Groesse - Art Director
Quincy Jones - Original Music By
Rod Steiger - Actor
Sidney Poitier - Actor
Stirling Silliphant - Screenplay
Walter Mirisch - Producer
Warren Oates - Actor
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ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review One can argue whether In the Heat of the Night was the best picture of 1967--after all, that was the year of Bonnie and Clyde (WB) and The Graduate (UA)--but there is no denying that it is still a worthy choice. Certainly when one talks of the great films of Hollywood's second golden age of the late 1960s to mid-1970s, In the Heat of the Night is among them. Its success is attributable to the calibre of the work both in front of and behind the camera, and to its timeliness. In regard to the latter, I suspect the transformation of the relationship between Tibbs and Gillespie reflected to some extent what people were experiencing in towns across America at the time and continue to do so to this day. That's why the film struck a nerve then, yet seems undated almost 35 years later...Director Norman Jewison brought two key things to the film--pacing and visual detail...The cast of In the Heat of the Night is uniformly excellent. Rod Steiger is a standout as Gillespie, even though his performance is over-the-top at times. It's easy to downgrade his efforts nowadays, but the degree to which this sort of role has become stereotyped owes much to the image that Steiger presented...He is ably matched by Sidney Poitier who gives a quieter but steely performance as Tibbs.
Reviewer Barrie Maxwell
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource DVD Times
Review 1967 was clearly a good year. The Oscars committee is usually quite conservative in their film choices, but even they saw fit to nominate The Graduate, Bonnie & Clyde, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner and the eventual winner In The Heat Of The Night for the Best Picture title...In hindsight, many have argued that the Academy's choice to honour In The Heat Of The Night was more politically motivated as opposed to being cinematically motivated. It was a mainstream Hollywood film that dealt head on with the issues of racism, and you have to consider that the Oscars ceremony was postponed for two days that year because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. In hindsight, In The Heat Of The Night probably isn't as strong as The Graduate or Bonnie & Clyde, but it certainly was just as courageous as these films. Whilst not being the first film to handle racist themes, In The Heat Of The Night gained most of the ground in Hollywood race relations, and not only are its intentions honourable but the film is also a fine mystery thriller too...Often earmarked as a favourite amongst the sixties' generation, In The Heat Of The Night is a film that deserves respect, both for its racial impact on its audience during the social turmoil of America and for its entertaining value as a mystery-thriller.
Reviewer Raphael Pour-Hashemi
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Poitier,Sidney
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide This is an excellent mystery with superb performances all-round.
John J. Puccio, DVD Town ...a thoughtful moral drama, an absorbing character study, an enjoyable comedy, and a mystery thriller all rolled into one.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Marvelous social thriller...tough, funny, and atmospheric, with unbeatable acting and splendid Quincy Jones score.
New York Daily News ...[the] highest level of exciting entertainment...
The New York Times ...[a] powerful film...

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