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Genre Crime Drama
Running Time 109 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Aug 2, 1967
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In the Heat of the Night

African-American Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of murder by Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger), the racist police chief of tiny Sparta, Mississippi. After Tibbs proves not only his own innocence but that of another man, he joins forces with Gillespie to track down the real killer. Their investigation takes them through every social level of the town, with Tibbs making enemies as well as unlikely friends as he hunts for the truth.

Starring
Sidney Poitier Virgil Tibbs
Rod Steiger Bill Gillespie
Warren Oates Sam Wood
Quentin Dean Delores Purdy
James Patterson Purdy, Delores' brother
William Schallert Mayor Webb Schubert
Lee Grant Mrs. Leslie Colbert
Scott Wilson Harvey Oberst
Matt Clark Packy Harrison
Anthony James Ralph Henshaw

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