In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night
Crime, Drama, Mystery
1967

Director: Norman Jewison Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, James Patterson, William Schallert, Beah Richards, Peter Whitney, Kermit Murdock, Larry D. Mann, Matt Clark, Arthur Malet, Fred Stewart, Quentin Dean, Scott Wilson, Stuart Nisbet, Khalil Bezaleel, Peter Masterson, Anthony James, Alan Oppenheimer (uncredited)

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Rod Steiger); Best Adapted Screenplay (Stirling Silliphant); Best Sound; Best Film Editing

Also Nominated For: Best Director (Norman Jewison); Best Sound Effects

I First Saw In: c. 2013

Synopsis: An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Quotables: TIBBS: They call me “Mr. Tibbs”.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Remember when this movie dismantled racial prejudice, profiling, and inequity, subsequently leading to the end of police brutality against black people? Oh no wait, that’s right it didn’t. It addressed it, but here we are, almost 50 years later, and innocent black men, women, and children are still being shot, strangled, and beaten to death by those who have sworn to protect them. They are being murdered in cold blood, because the officer “felt threatened”. What exactly was threatening about 12-year-old Tamir Rice? He was gunned down by two police officers in 2014, because he was carrying an Airsoft gun, which was holstered at the time he was shot. At the end of 2015, the grand jury declined to indict the offending officers. We need to stop pretending like this isn’t a problem, all of us together, or else it’s never going to stop. We need to give justice to the countless people of colour who have been victimized, marginalized, and murdered. I can never understand the fear and cruelty that people of colour suffer on a daily basis, because I have not had to live it, but I am a proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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