In The Heat Of The Night (R/I) (12A)

“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



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