IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
Tuesday, November 19
(1967, Norman Jewison) A mysterious murder, and gum-chomping Mississippi sheriff Rod Steiger (Oscar, Best Actor, and 263 packs of gum) has got just the right prime suspect, that … black man who just got off the train –– wait a minute, he’s really Philly police detective Sidney Poitier?! Among the highlights: Poitier’s return slap to Larry Gates, Steiger’s grab-fap-grab to a would be Poitier hunter, and his wondering, “You’re just like the rest of us.” Also Oscars for Best Picture, adapted screenplay, sound and editing. 4K DCP restoration. Approx. 109 min.
“Fast and enjoyable… Poitier’s like a black Sherlock Holmes in a Tom-and-Jerry cartoon of reversals. For once it’s funny (rather than embarrassing) that he’s superior to everybody else.”
– Pauline Kael