About the Film

Virgil Tibbs is a Philadelphia Homicide detective home to see his mother in the rural south. He is arrested on general principles when a rich white man is found dead, and Tibbs’ being Black is enough reason. When his identity is established, his boss offers his services to the small town sheriff who has little experience with murder investigations. As the two policemen learn how to work together, they begin to make progress on the crime.

Director: Norman Jewison
Runtime: 110 minutes
Year: 1967
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates

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