IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Sidney Poitier stars as a Philadelphia homicide detective passing through rural Mississippi, wrongly detained by bigoted sheriff Rod Steiger on a murder charge. Once cleared, he helps the sheriff solve the case. Poitier and Steiger's mutual antipathy and begrudging respect electrify the screen, with outstanding supporting work by Lee Grant as the victim's angry widow, and Warren Oates as a creepy deputy. Winner of five Oscars®, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Steiger. DIR Norman Jewison; SCR Stirling Silliphant, from the novel by John Ball; PROD Walter Mirisch. U.S., 1967, color, 109 min. NOT RATED
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