The Organization (1971)

The Organization





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Mr. Tibbs is back in this third re-hash of the formula that had already been done to a turn in In the Heat of the Night and They Call Me Mr. Tibbs. Sidney Poitier, appearing weary of the role, goes through the motions in this inflated television cop film. The plot kicks in when a gang arranges an impressive heist of $4-million in heroin from a furniture factory. It turns out that the gang is not really low-life thieves -- rather, they are a group of people who have been personally scarred by … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James R. Webb
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 9, 2001


as Virgil Tibbs

as Valerie Tibbs

as Jack Pecora

as Mrs. Morgan

as Bob Alford

as Lt. Jessop

as Juan Mendoza

as Joe Peralez

as Stacy Baker

as Night Watchman Morga...

as Larry French

as Sgt. Chassman

as Dave Thomas

as Rudy

as Chet

as Zach Mills

as Annie Sekido

as Capt. Stacy

as Charlie Blossom

as Andy Tibbs

as Ginny Tibbs

as William Martin

as John Bishop
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Critic Reviews for The Organization

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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October 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

June 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Organization

Mr. Tibbs is back in this average action thriller, which isn't as good as the first movie at all. It's not that bad, but it's just another action movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Perhaps the least-known Poitier work, certainly of the period; at date of writing only three flixster members had voted on this film. This is just over 1% of the votes attained by it's initial prequel, the superb "In The Heat of the Night". Between the two is the awful-yet-lovable "They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!" which took the Virgil Tibbs franchise on a downward slope.

Those that do get to see this movie on it's rare t.v. rescreenings and decide to give it a go after the disappointing "Tibbs" will be justly rewarded. Essentially, the production team is the same as the previous film, though Gil Melle provides a jazz-orientated score instead of Quincy Jone's adequate but inappropriate themes. The domesticity is also played down, with Alan R.Trustman absent as co-writer and James R. Webb taking full control of the screenplay. Most importantly, though, is Don Medford as the well above average director. Apart from a rather crude edit where a car accident occurs in the second half of the picture, the scenes are melded together seamlessly and flow together exceptionally well.

Poitier reprises the role of Tibbs, an arrogant, aloof, bad-tempered, authoritarian, bigoted Lieutenant. As a result, this is probably the most appealing of all Sidney's characters, and he slips back into the role effortlessly. With no star names to support him, such as Rod Steiger or Martin Landau (though Raul Julia did become a star later in life), Sidney stands way above his peers. His ability to project a bad atmosphere every time he walks into a room is flawless. This time he is not let down by the plot, either, which sees Tibbs caught between the Police Department and a vigilante gang that seeks to expose a wide net of heroin dealers. The plot takes on many shifts in loyalty and focus, keeping the attention, while a chase through underground tunnels lends the requisite chase an extra air of tension. The racial motif is again absent, though a rival black cop played by Bernie Hamilton gives off a frisson of resentment.

While predictably not of the calibre of "In Heat of the Night", The Organization stands as the greatest of Sidney's seventies vehicles.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

Good crime-thriller that exposes the ruthless, high-stakes world of international drug trafficking.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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