Norman JewisonUSA109 minutes1967ColourEnglish
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Sidney Poitier had one of his most iconic roles as cool, charismatic Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs in Norman Jewison's entertaining, atmospheric, and perennially insightful Deep South thriller. When a wealthy industrialist in a small Mississippi town turns up dead, local sheriff Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) orders a dragnet which pulls in Tibbs, who is on a stopover at the train station. The mismatched lawmen make an unlikely but highly effective partnership as they investigate the murder, which threatens to make the town's ever-simmering racial tensions boil over.