In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

They got a murder on their hands. They don’t know what to do with it.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1967-08-02
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 996 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 49min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: United Artists
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Norman Jewison
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From 996 Ratings


African-American Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs is arrested on suspicion of murder by Bill Gillespie, 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.

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  • Sidney Poitier

    as Virgil Tibbs
  • Rod Steiger

    as Police Chief Bill Gillespie
  • Warren Oates

    as Deputy Sam Wood
  • Peter Whitney

    as Deputy Courtney
  • Lee Grant

    as Mrs. Leslie Colbert
  • Anthony James

    as Ralph
  • William Schallert

    as Mayor Schubert
  • Scott Wilson

    as Harvey Oberst
  • Larry Gates

    as Eric Endicott
  • James Patterson

    as Mr. Purdy
  • Quentin Dean

    as Delores Purdy
  • Kermit Murdock

    as Henderson
  • Larry D. Mann

    as Watkins
  • Matt Clark

    as Packy
  • Beah Richards

    as Mama Caleba
  • Arthur Malet

    as Ulam
  • Fred Stewart

    as Dr. Stuart
  • Timothy Scott

    as Shagbag
  • William Watson

    as McNeil
  • Eldon Quick

    as Charles Hawthorne
  • Jester Hairston

    as Endicott's Butler
  • Stuart Nisbet

    as Shuie
  • Khalil Bezaleel

    as Jess
  • Peter Masterson

    as Fryer
  • Phil Adams

    as 1st Tough
  • Nikita Knatz

    as 2nd Tough
  • Sam Reese

    as Clerk
  • Jack Teter

    as Philip Colbert (uncredited)
  • Alan Oppenheimer

    as Ted Appleton (uncredited)
  • Clegg Hoyt

    as Deputy (uncredited)
  • Buzz Barton

    as Conductor (uncredited)
Production Walter Mirisch Producer
Sound Quincy Jones Original Music Composer
Writing John Ball Novel
Writing Stirling Silliphant Screenplay
Editing Hal Ashby Editor
Directing Norman Jewison Director
Camera Haskell Wexler Director of Photography
Production Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Sound Kevin F. Cleary Sound
Costume & Make-Up Alan Levine Costume Design
Production Jim Henderling Production Manager
Art Paul Groesse Art Direction
Crew John Moio Stunts
Editing Byron 'Buzz' Brandt Assistant Editor
Production Allen K. Wood Production Supervisor
Directing Meta Rebner Script Supervisor
Production Howard Joslin Unit Production Manager
Sound Richard Carruth Music Editor
Lighting Don Stott Gaffer
Art Robert Priestley Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Del Armstrong Makeup Artist
Camera Morris Rosen Grip
Sound Walter Goss Sound
Sound Charles Cooper Sound
Lighting Ross A. Maehl Gaffer
Art Joseph Musso Production Illustrator
Sound Clem Portman Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Camera Ralph Gerling Camera Operator
Art Stephen R. Ferry Props
Art Murray Naidich Title Designer
Directing Newt Arnold Second Assistant Director
Directing Terry Morse Jr. First Assistant Director
Sound James A. Richards Sound Editor
Sound Ray Charles Vocals
Production Hal Ashby Producer's Assistant
Art Wayne Fitzgerald Title Designer
Sound Quincy Jones Songs
Writing Alan Bergman Lyricist
Writing Marilyn Bergman Lyricist