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Detective Virgil Tibbs is caught up in the racial tension of the US South when he is arrested after the murder of a prominent businessman. Tibbs was simply waiting for his next train at the station in Sparta, Mississippi and the confusion is soon resolved but when local police chief Gillespie learns that Tibbs is the Philadelphia PD's number one homicide expert, he reluctantly asks for his assistance. The murdered man, Mr. Colbert, had come to Sparta from the North to build a new factory and his wife and business associates immediately point the finger at Endicott, the most powerful man in the county and the one who had the most to lose if a major new employer comes to the area. Tibbs' life is clearly in danger but he perseveres in a highly charged and racially explosive environment until the killer is found.

Director: Norman Jewison
Writer: Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), John Ball (based on a novel by)
Production: MGM
Year: 1967
MetaScore: 75/100
ImdbRating: 7.9
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 02 Aug 1967
Awards: Won 5 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 14 nominations.

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Virgil Tibbs - Sidney Poitier
Gillespie - Rod Steiger
Sam Wood - Warren Oates
Mrs. Colbert - Lee Grant
Endicott - Larry Gates
Mr. Purdy - James Patterson
Mayor Schubert - William Schallert
Mama Caleba - Beah Richards
Courtney - Peter Whitney
Henderson - Kermit Murdock
Watkins - Larry D. Mann
Packy - Matt Clark
Dr. Stuart - Fred Stewart
Delores - Quentin Dean
Harvey Oberst - Scott Wilson
Shagbag - Timothy Scott
Charles Hawthorne - Eldon Quick
1st Tough - Phil Adams
2nd Tough - Nikita Knatz
Clerk - Sam Reese
Conductor - Buzz Barton
Engineer - Philip Garris
Deputy - Clegg Hoyt
Undetermined Role - Warren Kenner
City Councilman - Michael LeGlaire
Ted Appleton - Alan Oppenheimer
Baggage Master - David Stinehart
Philip Colbert - Murder Victim - Jack Teter