In the Heat of the Night

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A black police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.


  • Sidney Poitier
  • Rod Steiger
  • Warren Oates
  • Quentin Dean
  • James Patterson
  • William Schallert
  • Lee Grant
  • Scott Wilson
  • Matt Clark
  • Anthony James

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The twist-filled storyline, which digs up nasty secrets all over the show and offers a satisfying range of suspicious suspects and a truly disgusting killer, remains gripping, and the excellent, understated lead performances don't harp on the racial angle in that embarassing fashion which makes so many Socialy Significant films instantly dated.

Metacritic review by William Thomas
William Thomas