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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. Cooperation with the local authorities to unravel the murder is terrible and the majority of the population prove racist.

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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.

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

Details

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

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still from In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US 1967)
still from In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US 1967)
still from In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US 1967)
still from In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US 1967)

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