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REEL TO READ Film Screening | In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

Dir: Norman Jewison | 109 minutes | 1967 | NR

Passing through the backwoods town of Sparta, Mississippi, Philadelphia detective Virgil #Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes embroiled in a murder case. He forms an uneasy alliance with the bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger), who faces mounting pressure from Sparta’s hostile citizens to catch the killer and run the African American interloper out of town.

The first-rate supporting cast includes Lee Grant as the victim's angry widow, Warren Oates as a voyeuristic deputy, William Schallert as the pragmatic mayor, and, in his screen debut, Scott Wilson (In Cold Blood) as an unlucky fugitive.

Director Norman Jewison splices incisive social commentary into this thrilling police procedural with the help of Haskell Wexler’s vivid cinematography, #Quincy Jones’s eclectic score, Ray Charles wails the blues theme song, and two indelible lead performances—a career-defining display of seething indignation and moral authority from Poitier and an Oscar-winning master class in Method acting from Steiger.

Winner of five Academy Awards, including for best picture, In the Heat of the Night, is one of the most enduring Hollywood films of the #civilrights era.

About Reel to Read: The page meets the screen at REEL TO READ, a curated series of independent and classic cinema. These free screenings, hand-picked by librarians, local authors, and film experts, include a Recommended Reads list based on the movie.

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