1967, Park Circus/MGM, 109 min, USA, Dir: Norman Jewison

Director Norman Jewison’s hard-hitting Southern murder mystery garnered five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Rod Steiger), Best Screenplay (Sterling Silliphant) and Best Editing (Hal Ashby). Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) arrives in a small Southern town to visit his mother but becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when he is picked up as a suspect by the local constabulary for no reason other than the color of his skin. When Tibbs’ profession is verified, his Philadelphia boss offers Tibbs’ services to redneck Sheriff Steiger to help on the investigation. Incredulous, wary and unapologetically racist, Steiger reluctantly accepts and eventually learns to respect his northern colleague.

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