“When critics of the film industry claim that films have no meaningful impact on the world, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is one of the best examples you can use in counter-argument.” - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
“This is an uncommonly alive little thriller, knowing just what it wants to do and doing it well.” - David Wilson, Sight & Sound
May 8 & 19 | When Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes entangled in a murder case in racist and hostile Sparta, Mississippi, he forms a tenous partnership with the town’s police chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger). Led by two unforgettable performances and captured by Wexler’s brilliant cinematography, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT remains one of the most significant films of the civil rights era.
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