In the Heat of the Night (1967) - Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 17 out of 204 found boring (8.33%)

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I have a hard time sitting through this one, it seemed very tedious and overblown, although it only ran an hour and 47 minutes it seemed a lot longer.

Exceptional support is provided by virtually all the actors, but most notably Oates as an inept local officer, Grant (always compelling) as the stunned, outraged wife of the deceased and Gates as the prime enemy of the dead man.

Sterling Silliphant wrote this compelling Edgar-winning murder mystery that was framed by racial tensions.

Even though many people are thought to be the suspect of the murder, watching the film solve a complicated murder in a complicated situation was entertaining and enjoyable.

3) Chief Gillespie's personal confession about loneliness 4) Climax parting sceneThe complex premise and masterful performances elevates the simple dull plot

I often found that especially Virgil Tibbs was excessively boring because when he said things, he always said them in such a calm way, that it was hard to concentrate.

The pacing keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Compelling crime drama, not overloaded with morality tales .

Atmospheric as well as evocative cinematography by Haskell Wexler and enjoyable music score by Quincy Jones in his usual style .

The timing of this exchange is so quick and unexpected that the looks on the other actors' faces (especially the butler) feel like genuine reactions.

Each and every standoff between these 2 police officers was quite intense, entertaining and educating as well.

I think it was a great movie, well made and about a good topic, but in parts it seemed to be a little slow.

An absolutely merciless mystery, NIGHT contains some incredibly intense scenes that might make some viewers uncomfortable (the garage confrontation comes immediately to mind).

The complex premise and masterful performances elevates the simple dull plot .

Unsubtle but very entertaining racial drama-cum-murder mystery .

A riveting one, at that.

Tibbs eventually turns up the killer in an intense scene toward the end of the film.

The adaptive screenplay by Sterling Silliphant is witty, strong, gripping and aware of the characteristics of the characters well enough to keep the audience engaged throughout the course of it and offer them thought-provoking homework, too along with that.

The plot isn't complicated, but the film is compelling, in fact, Oscar-worthy.

It's an important and impactful flick that's as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.

The truth is that while the frightening tales of hate crimes are much more compelling for the screen, this form of racism is what truly abounds, even today.

The intense racial issues shown in the film, in which Virgil Tibbs has to fight for every ounce of respect he is eventually shown, only because of the color of his skin are important still today, nearly 50 years later as racism still exists.

In the Heat of the Night has possibly the best film soundtrack from any 60's film, and made the film all the more engaging.

The story is average but there are a great number of exciting moments.

In addition to that,the brilliant widescreen cinematography is by Haskell Wexler, and the scat-music score is by Quincy Jones with Ray Charles wails the blues theme song makes it even more compelling and it elevates it into a classic movie.

Both riveting murder mystery and classic fish-out-of- water yarn, Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night represents Hollywood at its wiliest, cloaking exposé in the most entertaining trappings.

A bit outdated, but still enjoyable.

The actors portray their parts well, and know how to make everything seem so intense and keep you pulled in the story.

The story was very engaging throughout and you feel like your right there with them trying to figure out the crime but towards the middle it gets repetitive with the cops bringing in three different people who are said to have done it and shortly after are wrong that was one of my dislikes with the film was parts dragged on.

Having been a film fanatic since I was a young boy, I went to movies about once a week, and by this point had become a trite more sophisticated in both my tastes in film and in my awareness of such things as social politics.

Anyway, while I'm not sure this was a better film than The Graduate or Bonnie and Clyde (the other movies this beat for Best Picture at the Oscars), In the Heat of the Night is indeed a great movie worth watching over and over.

And THANK GOD they cleaned up the blurry, sad unwatchable old prints of this film that went around for years and made the film look like bad television.

From that moment on, director Norman Jewison establishes the racial tension that will only grow more and more intense as the film goes on.

Moreover, Jewison also presents a flavorsome evocation of the downhome rural setting, generates plenty of suspense, and keeps the gripping story moving along at a constant pace.

The final scene is confusing.

A remarkable clarity remains at the heart of this engaging and well-paced mystery-thriller.

Two cars racing towards an empty garage and the camera shows us the squealing tires stirring up dust -- and a pile of burning, smoking garbage, which is what it's all about.

That's what makes this film so compelling.

Haskell Wexler was responsible for the stunning, shimmering cinematography and Ray Charles sings the title song.

By the time the investigation has found its unexpected reward in the killer of the industrialist, Gillespie and Tibbs aren't QUITE friends ...

And seeing Sidney in action is very exciting indeed especially when he slaps Endicott back after getting one beforehand from him for accusing him of possibly killing Mr. Colbert as they seemed so friendly previously.

But the two have to work this out in the context of the era, and it's fascinating to watch as they slowly learn to trust each other.

It's a solid, unpredictable whodunit with beautiful cinematography and crisp direction from Norman Jewison.

Well, I can safely say that this movie is still a very entertaining murder mystery and while the take on black-white relations delivers a stinging stereotype of the Southern white male that wouldn't make sense after the 1960's, the characters and acting hold up well and the story can still keep our attention.

The story is a gripping powerhouse and very ahead of and daring for its time with tremendous power, edge and emotion.

His method training immersed him completely in the life and world of the police chief.

In the Heat of the Night is as powerful a topical film as Do the Right Thing, The Intruder, and Boyz n tha Hood, but more entertaining.

Also, with the passage of time, I felt it was dated and probably even a bit boring.

What starts off as a surprisingly civil conversation between Tibbs and Endicott quickly turns heated and unpredictable.

When I discovered this movie, I had expected an intense crime thriller which digs out racism like Alan Parker's masterpiece Mississipi Burning.

Without losing sight of the important peripheral issues (namely bigotry and discrimination), the film concentrates on what ought to be (but usually isn't) the primary concern of any murder mystery: the mystery itself, revealed here in a compelling series of puzzling clues.

I think that maybe if they had thought about it a little more, they could have made this movie really entertaining and really gripping.

bore festPoitier is a class act and devastating to hear of the threats to his life in the real southern setting...

Race relations are brought to the forefront in 'In The Heat Of The Night (1967)', an engaging and well-paced mystery-thriller.

I grant you, not really the focus, but the compelling main plot IS the mystery of who the killer is and why he/she did it.

The direction by Norman Jewison is taut and visually compelling.

Based on John Ball's 1965 novel, Norman Jewison directs Stirling Silliphant's gripping screenplay that must be the archetype of unlikely professional associations between white police chief Gillespie (Rod Steiger) and black Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier).

engaging movie .

Overall, this is an engaging, entertaining, and well-acted movie.

Intense from beginning to end .

The movie IS against racism all the way--there's an incredibly rousing scene where Poitier slaps back a white man who slapped him first!

Overall, this is an engaging, entertaining, and well-acted movie.

We see that Director Jewison is up to the task of making a tale that is tense, gripping, exciting and still relevant to events happening in the Real World.

The film has long drawn-out scenes like when the first suspect is being chased through the woods, while other important scenes are quickly cut to and from so fast that you can't understand how the plot advanced with so little said.

It's surprising how well these two broad characters mesh and actually seem borderline realistic, a tribute much more to the two great actors than to the pretty standard screenplay; in fact, the scenery-chewing between the two of them, and the other "bits" in the film, the gorgeous look of it all, are for the most part a lot more interesting than the ho-hum murder mystery.

Poiter and Steiger both do sterling work in their roles, with Steiger's explosive intensity and Poiter's laid-back calm making for a neat and enjoyable contrast throughout.

This may make In the Heat of the Night sound like a "message" film, which it may be, but it's a great one because it focuses on what propels the story forward and keeping it entertaining for an audience wanting their murder mystery story.

In the sleepy, bigoted town of Sparta, Mississippi, where they roll up the sidewalks at night, a police officer on a routine, boring nighttime patrol through the downtown stumbles across a dead body, that of a rich, white Chicago industrialist who was building a controversial factory in the town.

The characters are really compelling, particularly Poitier.

Is well constructed, entertaining and engaging throughout.

The two make a fascinating pair.

Characters are compelling, and the acting couldn't have been better.

It is often slow moving, allowing audiences to engage deep within the central plot about a conventional murder in the crime genre, an unknown killer in the city.

A single white light bulb hangs down from the ceiling in a small neighborhood grocery store, where the shelves are filled with empty fruit jars.

Steiger is extremely fascinating to watch – he isn't your average movie bigot, as there is a lurking variable that fuels his hate more than mere racism.

When the blundering and prejudice – but well-meaning – Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) realises the mistake that has been made, he tries to get Tibbs out of town as quickly as possible, only to find that the experienced detective from Philadelphia has taken an intense interest in the murder case, that of wealthy industrialist Philip Colbert (Jack Teter).

I also found the movie's pacing to be excruciatingly slow, especially the first half an hour.

That is what I thought of In the Heat of the Night, it had a engaging story with interesting characters, but at some parts dragged on.

Interesting, but Slow Moving .

Fantastic acting all around, believable characters, an intriguing murder mystery, fast paced action, perfect editing, and writing that today's screenplays just don't seem to have.

Anybody interested in film should watch this and it is both a gripping story and a film with an important message.

However the films screenplay is engaging on many different levels, and carries the murder mystery to a satisfying conclusion.

This affect appeared to be used to make the racism more intense.

A superlative comedy-thriller about murder and racism, Norman Jewison's "In the Heat of the Night" is one of the most enjoyable American movies ever made, (it was so much fun, in fact, that the Academy gave it its biggest prize, Best Picture of the Year, though in truth they probably saw it as 'a message picture').

I am sure this caused some confusion.

'In the Heat of the Night' turns out to be an absorbing contemporary drama, expertly straddling the line by relating an old-fashioned murder-mystery in a jazzy style.

You could easily fall asleep watching it.

A flawed, entertaining, and well-intentioned film that had the good fortune to be released at the right time.

It is indeed groundbreaking and fascinating in many ways.

¨In the heat of the night¨ has action , suspense , drama , thrills , violence and intriguing finale .

The only thing that keeps this otherwise bland mystery going is the interaction between the two.

I like to watch films having in mind the context in which they were filmed, so I do not mind to watch films from the past that deal with topics which today we might consider silly, pointless or strange.

Not a radical film, but a rather compelling one .

It grabs you most of all because each actor is excellent in portraying that slow evolution of his character's world-view.

Rod Steiger is fascinating to watch and deserved the best actor Oscar.

I also found myself perplexed by the solution at the end - far too confusing a mystery to be an effective one.

The movie might be a bit slow at times and the 'whodunnit' elements of the movie also aren't done in the greatest way, "In the Heat of the Night" still remains an unforgettable and still important movie to watch.

I thought the acting, directiong, and how they set up the movie was good, but the story was dull and boring.

It gives us some of the most realistic acting to come out of the 1960's and its story, while initially slow, builds up into a racially fueled tension mixed with a bit of Sherlock Holmes.

But to give credit where it's due, Jewison and his screenwriter, as well as DP Haskell Wexler and editor Hal Hashby, crafted an already compelling story that all they needed were the right people.

If you want to see a good movie about racial conflicts, see "Mississippi Burning", it is more up to date, and is much, much more exciting.

Certain developments-of course Tibbs nearly gets kicked out of a diner-come across as forced and contrived as a result.

It is easy to dismiss Sidney Poitier as a kind of counter-cliché; the well spoken and mannered black man entering the southern town of racists to set them right and win the day.

to be more serious for a moment, In the Heat of the Night is an engaging crime drama with well-shot scenes and stellar performances by Poitier and Rod Steiger.

A very engaging and provocative movie that deals with multiple themes like racial prejudice, discrimination, carelessness of law and loneliness all engulfed inside a central crime thriller plot.

This is a genuinely gripping police procedural.

What makes the film compelling today for reasons beyond its unconventional style, is the guarded relationship between Tibbs and Gillespie, which begins in almost comical hostility and ends in mutual admiration.

The outcome is as thrilling and satisfying as a Matlock case and the only thing that kept the movie together was the acting.

His charm and likability and his quest for justice makes him a compelling lead, one that you root for throughout the movie.

So it's hard to believe that he directed this slow paced, technically poor and tedious film.

Boring and outdated .

Their relationship is definitely worth watching for the tension, surprises and excitement as the two mark their differences about each other.

While most dialogue driven movies are pretty boring this one is an exception.

Boring and Dull .

Stirling Silliphant's intelligent and incisive script presents two exceptionally complex main characters (in a nice touch, Tibbs's arrogance proves to be just as much of a crutch as the other characters' bigotry), astutely captures a tumultuous world in an uneasy state of transition, and even offers some fascinating insights into the early days of thorough forensic investigation.

The whodunit mystery lacks real interest, and I wanted something more engaging and intriguing for these characters to do.

A most entertaining and well done picture no doubt.