In the Heat of the Night Overview:

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.

SYNOPSIS

Two powerful actors in a bitter showdown take this murder mystery to a higher level. Backwoods southern sheriff Steiger, in an Academy Award-winning role, doesn't appreciate the assistance offered by black, big-city detective Poitier. The uneasy pair reluctantly join forces to solve the strange murder of a wealthy industrialist. The element of racial tension gives Silliphant's screenplay a dimension and depth most detective tales can't match. Poitier returned as Tibbs in They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! (1970) and The Organization (1971). The characters appeared again in a TV series.

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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): They Call Him Mister Tibbs

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In the Heat of the Night (1967) (3)

on Jan 21, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

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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


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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.


Gillespie: Whatcha hit him with?
Tibbs: Hit whom?
Gillespie: "Whom"? Are you a northern boy? What's a northern boy doing down here?


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Facts about

Rod Steiger spoke in the southern dialect consistently for the duration of filming.
The same locomotive is used in the opening and closing scenes to carry Virgil in and out of town - Gulf Mobile and Ohio locomotive #103.
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.
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