AFI's Night at the Movies
AFI's Night at the Movies
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
Presented by SIDNEY POITIER
United Artists, 1967
PRINCIPAL CAST Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant
DIRECTOR Norman Jewison
PRODUCER Walter Mirisch
SCREENWRITER Stirling Silliphant
Sidney Poitier is Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia police detective drawn into a Mississippi murder case too hot to handle for local authorities alone. The evocative jazz score from Quincy Jones punctuates director Norman Jewison's heated tale of deep South bigotry, but it is Poitier's simmering defiance and his iconic quote – "They call me MISTER Tibbs!" – that truly ignite the screen and elevate the story into the cultural pantheon.

AFI HONORS for IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

Sidney Poitier is the recipient of the 1992 AFI Life Achievement Award

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
America's Greatest Movies

AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains
America's Greatest Screen Characters – Virgil Tibbs

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies Quotes
America's Greatest Movie Quotes – "They call me Mister Tibbs!"

AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars
America's Greatest Screen Legends – Sidney Poitier