In the Heat of the Night

110+ min. Criterion Collection. 1967. DVD ISBN 9781681435404. $29.95; Blu-ray ISBN 9781681435398. $39.95.
Stopping at a Mississippi town for a train layover, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is pressed into helping the local police chief (Rod Steiger) solve a touchy murder case. Racial tension follows the pursuit of suspects, with prejudice on both sides of the color divide on full display in Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning matchup of detective work and social commentary. Benefiting from a 4K restoration, Night boasts a career-defining performance from Poitier ("They call me Mister Tibbs") and extras befitting its National Film Registry status. [See Trailers, LJ 12/18.]
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