Indeed a very good crime thriller, especially for those times.I liked the pace of the action and how things were developed.The story is well conceived and keeps the truth til the last seconds. The acting is more than ok, Sidney Poitier had some nice lines and his caracther is interesting and complex as well. This clasic movie was a perfect choice for a summer not so hot night. 8/10
This is the first time I watched a movie from director Norman Jewison. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is thrilling, intense, complex, and exciting. Its social commentary or messages maybe looks dull. But I think it's still relevant until today. It's great to see the love/hate relationship between Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. It combined the mystery and racial tension elements perfectly. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is great
Love Steiger in this. Love Oates' facial expressions whenever he's proud of himself. Sydney unfortunately had not quite mastered the "method" and is often melodramatic. I liked the twist. You think it's this grand old boy white southern agriculture conspiracy but then.....? All started by another "proper" southern she devil ;) may be a veiled comment on emmit till....prob not. But beware those white southern women ;)
A great film, and a pinnacle of 60s Hollywood. One would go into this thinking it would be rather heavy handed, given most of Hollywood's attempts to address racial issues, but Jewison helms this rather subdued and layered film where a simple murder mystery holds the proceedings together. Beautifully shot by the great Wexler, and with great performances by Poitier, Steiger, and Grant, who steals every scene she's in.
I felt like I understood America better having watched it. Funnier than expected too, with an ace soundtrack. The lascivious "jailbait" character felt like a rather icky relic from the 60s though (and I say that as a man who once dated a 16-year-old - although at a younger age than any of the skeezy racists in this film, I will say!)
This film is one of the most important and iconic films of the 60s. In the Heat of the Night and the other 4 films nominated for Best Picture that year represent a dynamic shift in the Hollywood system. Both Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger deliver power house performances and when they are the screen together they are just dynamic. This is an incredible film that is unfortunately still relevant today.
Best picture winner dates well with its then topical look at race relations, prejudice and changing American society framed within a murder investigation where the marginalized individual is the only one patient even to solve the case with justice. Performances are dynamite as is the cinematography of Haskell Wexler and the editing of Hal Ashby. Director Jewison adapted the novel/script with precision.
Remarkable movie in all aspects: racism, xenophobia, stupidity, arrogance. Most remarkable scene is the "slapping scene" in which Sidney Poitier insisted on, although not part of the novel and neither the script. For me the real star is Rod Steiger. The movie is a benchmark. Unforgettable.
Historical context, a detailed portrait of racial issues (that mental illness), a dangerous humdrum-like southern atmosphere and the acting is what makes this standard murder mystery a very good film. I don't like AcademyAwards, but it's fun to discuss them once in a while. I think "Bonnie n' Clyde" should've won that year, this is not an Oscar movie at all. Still, a fine jewel, it keeps you so toughly engaged.
In the Heat of the Night is some really powerful stuff. True, the story isn't much more than your standard murder mystery with some racial tension kicking it in the ass, but the setting as well as all the smarmy details make all the difference. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger are fantastic together and are alone worth the watch even if Ray Charles' theme song & Quincy Jones' score are a little too hip & out of place.