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August 9, 2017
In my Top 40 Playlist. Stellar beyond stellar acting and relevancy. So controversial for it's time. Not shot down south but in Southern Illinois. Poitier is Brilliant, Rod is Brilliant and Warren Oates almost STEALS the show. Lee Grant is BEAUTIFUL in this movie as a character, wife and STRONG FEMININE HEROINE for Racial Equality.
July 27, 2017
Beyond its social commentary, In the Heat of the Night operates as a suspenseful murder mystery.
½ June 26, 2017
Though it is a great film tackling race issues, it struggles in it's crime plot and ends with sparks from flint and steel rather than a lightning bolt.
½ April 21, 2017
lol this movie was really about how crappy people were and how crappy they STILL are.
½ February 28, 2017
"In the Heat of the Night" is still an important and suspenseful portrait of racism in the south the 1960s was known for.
February 26, 2017
You had to be Poitier to get any respect back then.
February 19, 2017
10 out of 10:

Exciting, intriguing, well directed, and spectacular performances makes In the Heat of the Night a smart detective movie.
January 21, 2017
Tense, timeless, and unfortunately still timely.
January 14, 2017
IDK if i shared this last night so either way i will now cuz its a true classic and approp for MLK weekend to view a slice of American history in a movie that both feels dated and yet incredibly relevant...its certainly strongly set in its era of 60s south with heat you can feel thanks to great filmmaking and acting and Steiger and Poitier give amazing performances as does Warren Oates and the others are all good...a highly intelligent not overly didactic important i dare say film
½ December 22, 2016
A good mystery film about overcoming prejudices. Very strong performances from both Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier. (First and only viewing - 3/18/2010)
½ November 2, 2016
A-
"They call me... Mr. Tibbs"
This quote has been parodied in the animated films 'The Lion King' and 'Sausage Party' and remains to be one of the greatest quotes in the history of film. I have heard that 'In the Heat of the Night' is a staple of modern times for its commentary on racism, leading it to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Sidney Poitier didn't win the Oscar for 'Best Actor', but his tense, angry performance is one worth mentioning when talking about one of the greatest characters in cinema. I admit that the film is laughable and doesn't hold up well at times, but it is still a great movie that is worth a viewing.
October 15, 2016
The best line in this movie is not "they call me Mr. Tibbs. The best line is "i'm a police officer"
½ October 13, 2016
Definitly a classic...especially if u relate it to the time it had been made. And the funny thing is...if u travel the south nowadays there are places still looking like Sparta...which in my view is more good....living history
October 2, 2016
Effective crime thriller despite a limp ending and a very slow pace.
September 2, 2016
"In the Heat of the Night" has not aged a day, and stands just as applicable and important to society now as it did upon its release in 1967. I cannot think of a better film to win the Best Picture Oscar than this absorbing police thriller.
Super Reviewer
August 31, 2016
50 years later and this film still has a powerful impact. Taut, tense, and suspenseful, this well directed, well-acted mystery keeps you engrossed until the last frame.
Super Reviewer
½ August 21, 2016
A classic that oozes the Mississippi heat from every pore; brilliantly paced and fabulously acted piece that has stood the test of time.
August 9, 2016
Love Poitier of course, but his scenes with Rod Steiger are my favorite thing about this. Great movie.
July 12, 2016
A film ahead of its time.
June 30, 2016
In the Heat of the Night is as compelling as a crime drama as it is sharp on its social commentary, benefiting from outstanding performances from Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
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