In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

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Released: August 2, 1967
Director: Norman Jewison
Producer: Walter Mirisch
Studio: United Artists Films
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
Genre: Thriller
Length: 109 minutes
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In the Heat of the Night Overview

While traveling in the deep South, Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crime -- and then asked to solve it! Finding the killer proves to be difficult, however, especially when his efforts are constantly thwarted by the bigoted town Sheriff (Rod Steiger). But neither man can solve this case alone. Putting aside their differences and prejudices, they join forces in a desperate race against time to discover the shocking truth.