Quincy Jones provides a score that perfectly complements the flavorful atmosphere.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Though apart from its handling of race, In The Heat Of The Night's story had a familiar ring, it didn't really look much like the standard fare of 1967.
| Original Score: 4.0/5
If you're collecting Best Pictures, 'In the Heat of the Night' was completely deserving of the Oscar then, and remains a taut crime drama almost 50 years later.
| Original Score: 9/10
Social importance aside, In the Heat of the Night works as a buddy film and as a tense thriller.
| Original Score: B+
A film that satisfies equally as police procedural and social commentary.
| Original Score: 4/5
The plot is a set-up, a stacked deck, yet the atmosphere is palpably unpleasant, and Poitier and Steiger have a field day.
| Original Score: 5/5
The film's flatly descriptive approach to exploring race in America probably felt a bit more intense and meaningful in the thick of the Civil Rights Era than it does now.
| Original Score: 7/10
Good as the performances are, isn't it all a bit disingenuous?
| Original Score: 6/10
No deep solutions are suggested in this subtle and meticulously observed study. Yet Director Norman Jewison has used his camera to extract a cer tain rough-cut beauty from each protagonist.
Far -- far -- more interested in racial politics than criminal capers, and it's Tibbs' interactions with the local yokels that make the film so memorable
An excellent Sidney Poitier performance, and an outstanding one by Rod Steiger, overcome some noteworthy flaws to make In The Heat of the Night an absorbing contemporary murder drama.
Probably Norman Jewison's best picture.
The cleverness of Silliphant's script is in combining the investigation of a murder with a message film.
[A] superb thriller.
| Original Score: 4/4
A decent piece of do-good cinema.
Rod Steiger delivers an engaging performance as a bigoted police chief who comes to trust a strong black homicide detective.
Norman Jewison's drama is a message film in the guise of a small-town murder mystery, propagating interracial friendship between blacks and whites.
Liberal do-gooder film.
| Original Score: B
Oozes sufficient Southern sweat and features enough admirably crumpled character faces to make up for its over-strident liberal rhetoric.
...captured that small town feel quite well...
| Original Score: 3/4