History Film / InTheHeatOfTheNight

1st Feb '17 9:36:20 PM Willbyr
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25th Jan '17 12:34:16 AM sasagane_alan
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* ChekhovsGunman: The guy who works at the diner, who basically plays no role in the story at all and is only scene in two scenes, until the end when he's revealed to be the murderer.

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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The guy who works at the diner, who basically plays no role in the story at all and is only scene in two scenes, until the end when he's revealed to be the murderer.]]
21st Jan '17 3:41:45 PM jamespolk
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* RunForTheBorder: A suspect fleeing from the Sparta police almost makes it across the bridge to Arkansas, except for the fact that Gillespie was already parked on the Mississippi end in his car and simply drove the car up and caught him mid-span.
21st Jan '17 3:40:35 PM jamespolk
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: 48 hours, tops.
21st Jan '17 3:37:50 PM jamespolk
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* ChekhovsGunman: The guy who works at the diner, who basically plays no role in the story at all and is only scene in two scenes, until the end when he's revealed to be the murderer.
18th Jan '17 2:58:28 PM jamespolk
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Poitier reprises his role in sequels ''They Call Me Mister Tibbs!'' (1970) and ''The Organization'' (1971), both of which are set in San Francisco and feature more of an urban flavor.



* FalseRapeAccusation: [[spoiler:Or statutory rape, anyway. [[JailBait Delores Purdy]] accuses Sam Wood of impregnating her to cover for Ralph Henshaw.]]

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* FalseRapeAccusation: [[spoiler:Or Or statutory rape, anyway. [[JailBait Delores Purdy]] accuses Sam Wood of impregnating her to cover for Ralph Henshaw.]]



* HandOrObjectUnderwear



* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The racially charged environment had nothing to do with the murder. It was just a mugging gone wrong.]]

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The racially charged environment had nothing to do with the murder. It was just a mugging gone wrong.]]



* {{Sequel}}: Poitier reprises his role in ''They Call Me Mister Tibbs!'' (1970) and ''The Organization'' (1971), both of which are set in San Francisco and feature more of an urban flavor.

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* {{Sequel}}: Poitier reprises SceneryCensor: The opening sequence has Sgt. Wood, out on his role in ''They Call Me Mister Tibbs!'' (1970) and ''The Organization'' (1971), regular nightly patrol, stopping outside the house of a gorgeous, busty, naked young Delores Purdy, who seems to know that he is outside looking. In both of which are set in San Francisco a long shot and feature more of an urban flavor.a medium shot, the window sash is carefully placed to hide the woman's nipples.
18th Jan '17 2:22:44 PM jamespolk
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* HandOrObjectUnderwear
22nd Dec '16 8:20:27 PM WolfThunder
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Though the film is set in Mississippi, the '60s racial/political climate necessitated filming in Illinois. Specifically, Poitier refused to shoot south of the Mason-Dixon line. Why? Because of an unpleasant experience some months earlier involving himself, Harry Belafonte, and a group of Klansmen. (A few scenes were, however, shot in Tennessee -- most notably Endicott's cotton field, which Illinois couldn't provide.)
21st Oct '16 12:34:07 AM gjjones
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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: The TropeNamer, which Virgil Tibbs speaks after Gillespie asks him how he is addressed up North.

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: The TropeNamer, which Virgil Tibbs speaks after says this to Gillespie after the latter asks him how he is addressed up North.
28th Aug '16 1:31:48 PM ChesterPolarbear
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* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Delores Purdy parades around her kitchen in the nude to get her kicks.
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