A wealthy industrialist in a small Mississippi town is murdered. A black homicide expert is asked to help solve the murder, despite resentment on the part of the town's chief of police. Powerful script with underlying theme of racial prejudice is served well by taut direction and powerhouse performances. Poitier's memorable character Virgil Tibbs appeared in two more pictures, "They Call Me Mister Tibbs" and "The Organization."
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Running time 109 minutes.
Oscars 1967: Actor (Steiger), Adapt. Screenplay, Film Editing, Picture, Sound; British Acad. 1967: Actor (Steiger); Golden Globes 1968: Actor--Drama (Steiger), Film--Drama, Screenplay, Natl. Film Reg. 2002;; N.Y. Film Critics 1967: Actor (Steiger), Director (Nichols), Film; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1967: Actor (Steiger), Cinematog.
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