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In the Heat of the Night (2-Aug-1967)

Director: Norman Jewison

Writer: Stirling Silliphant

From novel: In the Heat of the Night by John Ball

Music by: Quincy Jones

Producer: Walter Mirisch

Keywords: Mystery, Racism

A black detective and a white sheriff join together to solve a murder in smalltown Mississippi. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adaptation, Best Sound and Best Editing; received additional nominations for Best Director and Best Sound Effects. Won the Edgar for Best Motion Picture. Entered 2002 into the National Film Registry. Followed by a lesser sequel, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970).

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lee Grant
31-Oct-1927   Portnoy's Complaint
Arthur Malet
24-Sep-1927 18-May-2013 The Secret of NIMH
Warren Oates
5-Jul-1928 3-Apr-1982 Two-Lane Blacktop
Sidney Poitier
20-Feb-1927   In The Heat Of The Night
Beah Richards
12-Jul-1920 14-Sep-2000 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
William Schallert
6-Jul-1922 8-May-2016 Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show
Rod Steiger
14-Apr-1925 9-Jul-2002 In The Heat of the Night
Scott Wilson
29-Mar-1942 6-Oct-2018 In Cold Blood


Sidney Poitier   ...   Virgil Tibbs
Rod Steiger   ...   Gillespie
Warren Oates   ...   Sam Wood
Lee Grant   ...   Mrs. Colbert
Larry Gates   ...   Endicott
James Patterson   ...   Mr. Purdy
William Schallert   ...   Mayor Schubert
Beah Richards   ...   Mama Caleba
Peter Whitney   ...   Courtney
Kermit Murdock   ...   Henderson
Larry D. Mann   ...   Watkins
Matt Clark   ...   Packy
Arthur Malet   ...   Ulam
Fred Stewart   ...   Dr. Stuart
and introducing
Quentin Dean   ...   Delores
Scott Wilson   ...   Harvey Oberst
Anthony James   ...   Ralph
Timothy Scott   ...   Shagbag
William C. Watson   ...   McNeil
Eldon Quick   ...   Charles Hawthorne
Stuart Nisbet   ...   Shuie
Khalil Bezaleel   ...   Jess
Peter Masterson   ...   Fryer
Jester Hairston   ...   Butler
Phil Adams   ...   1st Tough
Nikita Knatz   ...   2nd Tough
Sam Reese   ...   Clerk


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