In the Heat of the Night 55th Anniversary presented by TCM
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- Sidney Poitier
- Rod Steiger
- Warren Oates
- Quentin Dean
- James Patterson
- William Schallert
- Lee Grant
- Scott Wilson
- Matt Clark
- Anthony James
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One of our all time favorite movies!! Seeing it on the big screen made it larger than life!!
This was my parents favorite movie and I've seen it many times but not on the big screen. You miss a lot of the nuance on the small screen. I love having the opportunity to see it on the big screen. Fantastic.
Though the film portrays the racism of the South as institutional and inescapable, it’s a little too eager to offer glimmers of hope with increasing frequency as the film nears its end and Tibbs and Gillespie come to understand each other better.
Yes, it’s a thriller with a murder mystery at the heart of it. But “whodunnit” is immaterial to the film’s thrills, and the one thing I seem to forget every time I watch it anew.
The sheer tactlessness of its racial confrontation has a forthright quality and a not entirely intentional documentary realism, especially in the scenes shot on location in Sparta, Illinois (standing in for a fictional Mississippi town).