IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) C widescreen 109m dir: Norman Jewison
w/Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Scott Wilson, Larry Gates, Quentin Dean, James Patterson, William Schallert, Jack Teter, Matt Clark
Exciting, superbly acted film about prejudice, manners, and morals in a small Mississippi town. Poitier portrays a Philadelphia detective who teams up with southern sheriff Steiger to solve a murder in a fascinating duel of wits. These two performances alone are worth the time invested.
From The Movie Guide: "IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT was carefully directed by Norman Jewison, who avoids sentimentality and all the racial cliches that could have crept into almost every scene. As a result, his film won the Academy's Best Picture Award, shocking many when it was chosen over BONNIE AND CLYDE and THE GRADUATE. Steiger's performance is subtle, funny, sad, and fascinating, and Poitier demonstrates the same superb talent he would bring to THEY CALL ME MR. TIBBS and THE ORGANIZATION. Lee Grant is also good as the hysterical widow. The film was shot in Illinois and Tennessee, the latter standing in for Mississippi."
Oscars were also awarded for Best Actor (Steiger), Adapted Screenplay (Stirling Silliphant), Sound, and Editing. The film was also nominated for Best Director and Sound Effects.