Skip to content
Eye Logo link to homepageEye Film Museum Logo, link to homepage
still In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US 1967)

In the Heat of the Night

Norman Jewison / US, 1967 / 110 min.

Norman Jewison’s indictment of racism in America’s deep south won five Oscars. Sidney Poitier plays a black cop suspected of murder; the colour of his skin says he’s guilty. In Memoriam Norman Jewison.

poster In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US 1967)
A man is murdered in a sleepy town in the deep south. Soon a black stranger Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) who is waiting at the station for a train becomes the prime suspect. After his arrest things don’t prove as clear cut: Tibbs is a policeman and a very good detective – he offers to help investigate to prove his innocence. However, sheriff Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) has already decided who the guilty party is. Cooperation with the local authorities to unravel the murder is terrible and the majority of the population prove racist.

In the Heat of the Night won five Oscars, including best film and best actor (Steiger). Jewison’s righteous critique of racism unfortunately still proves current today, all the more reason to create a 4K restoration of this classic that features music by Quincy Jones.

Screening of the 4K restoration

This is part of

Details

This movie contains scenes of violencePersons under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult

Director

Norman Jewison

Production year

1967

Country

US

Original title

In the Heat of the Night

Length

110 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

NLD

Format

DCP

Part of

Eye Classics

Eye’s collection includes a wealth of classics. With the Eye Classics series, Eye brings film history even closer. Every week, we screen at least three classics from the collection under one recognisable name: Eye Classics.

Learn more
campaign image Eye Classics
still In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US 1967)
still In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US 1967)
Planning on having a drink or a bite to eat? Book online for Eye Bar & Restaurant.
Share your love for film and become a member of the Eye Society.
NLEN

Current exhibition

  • 8 June — 29 September 2024

    Albert Serra

    Liberté

Films, talks & events

Show everything

for anytime

in all languages

Sort by