The Organization

1971

The Organization

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40%

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29%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 442
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Movie Info

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 drugs and have decided that the best way to get back at the international drug dealers is to abscond with their merchandise. Unfortunately, during the heist, a murder has been committed. So detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is called upon by the thieves in order to clear their names and help find the real killer.

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Cast

Sidney Poitier
as Virgil Tibbs
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
as Lieutenant Pecora
Sheree North
as Mrs Morgan
Fred Beir
as Bob Alford
Bernie Hamilton
as Lt. Jessop
Raul Julia
as Juan Mendoza
Ron O'Neal
as Joe Peralez
Charles H. Gray
as Night Watchman Morgan
Jarion Monroe
as Larry French
Daniel J. Travanti
as Sgt. Chassman
Billy Green Bush
as Dave Thomas
John Lasell
as Zach Mills
Lani Miyazaki
as Annie Sekido
Garry Walberg
as Capt. Stacy
Demond Wilson
as Charlie Blossom
George Spell
as Andy Tibbs
Wanda Spell
as Ginny Tibbs
Graham Jarvis
as William Martin
Johnny Haymer
as John Bishop
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Critic Reviews for The Organization

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

  • The Organization can be rough on super-city sleuths as well as movie-goers who've been through much the same melodramatics before.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • There's a bit of shooting, a few identities are untangled, and the movie comes to an unmourned end.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The trouble with impersonal villains is that they make for impersonal movies. The Organization has its share of chases and gun battles but who is chasing whom is never completely clear.

    Nov 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Organization

  • Jan 25, 2014
    Right from the opening heist this movie had me hooked! I enjoyed The Organization & all the twists & turns & action/drama that were a part of it.My only complaint would have to be the ending.It just seemed to end way too soon & I felt like I was left hanging or something.I guess it was suppose to show you that no matter what, You can't beat The Organization
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • May 24, 2010
    This wasn't too bad as a classic 70's action flick. It was okay.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer

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