In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Hal Ashby)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Walter Mirisch)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Stirling Silliphanta)
National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (Norman Jewison)
Academy Award for Best Sound EditingAward details: (details at IMDb)
In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi. It stars Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, and Warren Oates, and was produced by Walter Mirisch. The screenplay was by Stirling Silliphant. The film won five Academy Awards, including the 1967 award for Best Picture. The film was followed by two sequels, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! in 1970, and The Organization in 1971. In 1988, it also became the basis of a television series adaptation of the same name. Although the film was set in the fictional Mississippi town of Sparta, part of the movie was filmed in Sparta, Illinois, where many of the film's landmarks can still be seen. The quote "They call me Mister Tibbs!" was listed as number 16 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes, a list of top film quotes.