In the heat of the night

15/03/2018 19:45.
Cert 12

This iconic film has lost none of its impact. Career best performances by Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs and Rod Steiger as police chief Bill Gillespie portray the interracial tensions which have been so crippling in American society. Tibbs, a detective from a northern state, is wrongly suspected of the murder of a white man and arrested while travelling in the South. When the Mississippi police realise their error, Tibbs is called upon to assist them in their investigation, which he reluctantly agrees to do. “In 1967 Poitier said ‘the kind of Negro played on the screen was always negative, buffoons, clowns, shuffling butlers, really misfits. This was the background when I came along 20 years ago and I chose not to be a party to the stereotyping.'”

Dir: Norman Jewison 109mins USA 1967


  • Great film, undiminished by time and still horribly relevant
  •  11 out of 10! Still topical in 21st century. What acting!
  •  A great film which stands the test of time. Is America going back to this (kind of society) with
  • Trump in charge ??
  •  What a classic!
  •  Unbelievably gripping – even after 50 years. Great to see Rod Steiger playing an (ultimately)endearing character 
  • Brilliant! You would never think this was made 50 years ago 
  • An excellent crime mystery rendered timeless by playing its race card with grace. The blips in projection were rather distracting
  •  A proper film. Still couldn’t hear some of the dialogue, though
  •  Let’s have more films like this!
  •  Violent, politically correct, quite a good story
  •  Very good – very different…. but could have done with sub-titles!


A:19, B:6, C:1, D:0, E:0 to give 92% from 81% of those present.