A murder in a small and racially intolerant Missouri town is investigated by an African American homicide expert from Philadelphia, in cooperation with the local authorities. A superb look into the realities of the racially intolerant south during the 1960’s, shown through a tightly woven small-town murder mystery.
“In The Heat of the Night” is an important part of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA (1954-68), which aimed at ending racial segregation in the country.
Excellent screenplay from Stirling Silliphant. Absolutely brilliant acting from duo Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, who form a memorable on-screen partnership, despite preconceived notions and prejudice.
Multi-layered and complex characters and relationships, with a realistic approach toward a very sensitive subject at the time. Superb direction.
Won 5 Oscars from 7 Nominations at the 1968 Academy Awards.
In The Heat of The Night Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates