“They call me Mister Tibbs!”
In the Heat of the Night returns to UK cinemas on 18 November as one of the key titles in BFI Black Star; a nationwide season of film events celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.
One of three releases in 1967 that would cement Sidney Poitier’s position as the pre-eminent black actor of his generation, In the Heat of the Night is a taut culture clash thriller that first hit cinemas in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. The legendary Bahamian-American actor stars oppositeRod Steiger as one half of an odd couple police duo forced to work together to solve a murder in a small Mississippi town bristling with racial tension.
Celebrated on its initial release with 5 Oscar® wins, including Best Picture, its representation of American race relations and law enforcement remains strikingly relevant.
Crime | Drama | Mystery
Dir. Norman Jewison, US, 1967, 116 mins
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates