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In the Heat of the Night (1967) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Norman Jewison and produced by Walter Mirisch.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by John Ball published in 1965.

In the Heat of the Night was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2002.

Academy Awards 1967 --- Ceremony Number 40 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRod SteigerWon
Best DirectorNorman JewisonNominated
Best Film EditingHal AshbyWon
Best PictureWalter Mirisch, ProducerWon
Best WritingStirling SilliphantWon
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In the Heat of the Night (1967) (3)

on Jan 21, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

The 1968 Academy Awards was probably the most important year for film production, rivaled by the heralded “best year in cinema” works of 1939.  The Best Picture nominees of ’68 were a mix of old-guard, big budget family features, and independently financed productions made by young... Read full article


In the Heat of the Night (1967) (2)

By Beatrice on Jul 3, 2013 From Flickers in Time

In the Heat of the Night Directed by Norman Jewison 1967/USA The Mirisch Corporation Repeat viewing #453 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die IMDb users say 8/10; I say 9/10 Tibbs: Hit whom? Gillespie: “Whom”? “Whom”? Well, you a northern boy? What’s a northern ... Read full article


In The Heat of the Night

By Michael on Apr 11, 2013 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

In The Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967) In a small town of Mississippi named Sparta and during a normal night, a policeman Sam Wood (Warren Oates) finds the body of the richest man in town dead and in blood. His head seems to have been smashed by an object. Passing by the same night is the ... Read full article


In the Heat of the Night (1967)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 22, 2012 From 4 Star Films

With an interesting conflict between two policemen, one white and one black, In the Heat of the Night is a thrilling crime film. Rod Steiger delivers a wonderful performance as the common place and prejudiced officer who heads a southern police force. Things do no start off well when a policeman fro... Read full article


In the Heat of the Night

By Alyson on Apr 17, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

On a hot, sticky night inSpartaMississippi, a businessman from the North who planned to open a factory that will employ the black community is found dead in an alley.  The first thing the local police do is look for any suspicious characters at the pool hall and train station.  Officer Sam Wood (War... Read full article


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Quotes from

Virgil Tibbs: They call me MISTER Tibbs!


Gillespie: [on telephone to Tibbs' chief] I do want to thank you for offering such a powerful piece of manpower as Virgil Tibbs.


Mayor Webb Schubert: What made you change your mind about Tibbs?
Gillespie: Who said I did?
Mayor Webb Schubert: [refering to Tibbs' slapping of a white man] Last Chief we had would've shot Tibbs two seconds after he slapped him and claimed Self Defense !


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According to Norman Jewison and Haskell Wexler on the DVD commentary, they originally wanted to use "Lil' Red Ridin' Hood" by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs in the movie, and this is the song Ralph Henshaw (Anthony James) was dancing to during filming. Unable to license Sam the Sham's song, "Foul Owl on the Prowl" was substituted, composed by Quincy Jones and performed by Boomer & Travis (better known as Owens Boomer Castleman and Michael Martin Murphey).
Set in a hot Mississippi summer but filmed during autumn in Illinois, many of the actors had to keep ice chips in their mouths (and spit them out before takes) to prevent their breath from appearing on camera during the night scenes.
Rod Steiger spoke in the southern dialect consistently for the duration of filming.
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