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In the Heat of the Night Details

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The winner of the 1967 Oscar for Best Picture (as well as four other Oscars), In the Heat of the Night is set in a small Mississippi town where an unusual murder has been committed. Rod Steiger plays sheriff Bill Gillespie, a good lawman despite his racial prejudices. When Virgil Tibbs ([[Performer~P106725~Sidney Poitier~sidneypoitier]]), a well-dressed northern African-American, comes to town, Gillespie instinctively puts him under arrest as a murder suspect. Tibbs reveals himself to be a Philadelphia police detective; after he and Gillespie come to a grudging understanding of one another, Tibbs offers to help in Gillespie's investigation. As the case progresses, both Gillespie and Tibbs betray a tendency to jump to culture-dictated conclusions. Still, the case is solved thanks to the informal teamwork of the two law officers. Based on the novel by John Ball, In the Heat of the Night inspired two sequels, both starring [[Performer~P106725~Poiter~sidneypoitier]] as Virgil Tibbs. In 1987, a TV series version of In the Heat of the Night appeared, with Carroll O'Connor as Gillespie and [[Performer~P61237~Howard Rollins~howarderollinsjr]] as Tibbs. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 2, 1967

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lee Grant Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Quentin Dean Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Ashby Best Editing 1967 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Norman Jewison United Nations Award 1967 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Norman Jewison Best Film - Any Source 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Norman Jewison Best Director 1967 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Norman Jewison Best Director 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Jewison Best Director 1967 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rod Steiger Best Foreign Actor 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rod Steiger Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1967 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rod Steiger Best Actor 1967 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Rod Steiger Best Actor 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Stirling Silliphant Best Screenplay 1967 Winner
Edgar Allan Poe Awards Stirling Silliphant Best Screenplay 1967 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stirling Silliphant Best Adapted Screenplay 1967 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Mirisch Best Picture 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sidney Poitier Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1967 Nominee

Cast

Sidney Poitier
as Virgil Tibbs
Rod Steiger
as Police Chief Bill Gillespie
Warren Oates
as Deputy Sam Wood
Lee Grant
as Mrs. Leslie Colbert
Scott Wilson
as Harvey Oberst
Quentin Dean
as Delores Purdy
Larry Gates
as Eric Endicott
William Schallert
as Mayor Schubert
Beah Richards
as Mama Caleba
Matt Clark
as Packy Harrison
Anthony James
as Ralph Henshaw
Kermit Murdock
as H.E. Henderson
Khalil Bezaleel
as Jess
Peter Whitney
as George Courtney
Timothy Scott
as Shagbag Martin
Stuart Nisbet
as Shuie
Eldon Quick
as Charlie Hawthorne
Arthur Malet
as Ted Ulam
Peter Masterson
as Arnold Fryer
Alan Oppenheimer
as Ted Appleton
Phil Garris
as Engineer
Jester Hairston
as Butler
Clegg Hoyt
as Deputy
Nikita Knatz
as 2nd Tough
Buzz Barton
as Conductor
Jack Teter
as Philip Colbert

Crew

Norman Jewison
Director
Walter Mirisch
Producer
Stirling Silliphant
Screenwriter
Haskell Wexler
Cinematographer
Marilyn Bergman
Songwriter
Quincy Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Quincy Jones
Songwriter
Alan Bergman
Songwriter
Hal Ashby
Editor
Paul Groesse
Art Director
Robert Priestley
Set Designer
Alan Levine
Costume Designer
Ray Charles
Singer
Lynn Stalmaster
Casting
Milt Hamerman
Casting
Del Armstrong
Makeup
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