In the Heat of the Night

Lists: Best Picture Winners from the 1960s, AFI 100 (2007), Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Film Quest 2019, Race Relations in America (started by WTOP), Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Brief Synopsis: "An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town."

Overall Ranking: 815 (Rank from 1967: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97
Rob from GuysFilmQuest84
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less80(full review)
Annwyn S60

People Involved

  • Sidney Poitier (Det. Virgil Tibbs)
  • Rod Steiger (Police Chief Bill Gillespie)
  • Warren Oates (Off. Sam Wood)
  • Lee Grant (Mrs. Leslie Colbert)
  • Larry Gates (Eric Endicott)
  • James Patterson (Mr. Purdy)
  • William Schallert (Mayor Schubert)
  • Beah Richards (Mama Caleba)
  • Peter Whitney (Courtney)
  • Kermit Murdock (Henderson)
  • Larry D. Mann (Watkins)
  • Arthur Malet (Ulam)
  • Fred Stewart (Dr. Stuart)
  • Quentin Dean (Delores)
  • Scott Wilson (Harvey Oberst)
  • Anthony James (Ralph)
  • Matt Clark (Packy)
  • John Ball (Director)