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27th Apr '16 11:47:55 AM JBK405
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On his way back home after visiting his mother, Black Philadelphian Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a prominent factory owner in Sparta, Mississippi. In his one phone conversation, he reveals that he's actually a homicide detective back 'up North', and is told by his superiors that he should assist the locals in solving the case -- partnered with the casually racist Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Steiger). It's a rocky start to the partnership, but the more Tibbs displays his detective prowess, the more Gillespie comes to respect him. Working together, chasing several false leads, and fighting against the truly rabid racism of some of the local rednecks, they solve the case.

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On his way back home after visiting his mother, Black black Philadelphian Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a prominent factory owner in Sparta, Mississippi. In Mississippi due to the simple circumstance of being black and having money in his one phone conversation, pocket. However, while the police are questioning him he reveals that he's actually he is in fact a homicide detective back 'up North', police officer himself, and when he has Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Steiger) contact his department for verification he is told by his superiors that he should assist the locals in solving the case -- partnered with the same casually racist Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Steiger).Gillespie. It's a rocky start to the partnership, but the more Tibbs displays his detective prowess, the more Gillespie comes to respect him. Working together, chasing several false leads, and fighting against the truly rabid racism of some of the local rednecks, they solve the case.



* LondonEnglandSyndrome: When they first meet, Tibbs tells Gillespie he's from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ''not'' Philadelphia, Mississippi.
** Justified in that Gillespie was checking which Phillie Tibbs was referring to.

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* LondonEnglandSyndrome: When they first meet, Tibbs tells Gillespie he's from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ''not'' Philadelphia, Mississippi.
** Justified in that
Mississippi. [[JustifiedTrope Gillespie was checking which Phillie Tibbs was referring to.]]



* NobleBigotWithABadge: Gillespie starts out as one. By the end of the movie, he can hardly even be called a bigot.

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* NobleBigotWithABadge: NobleBigotWithABadge:
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Gillespie starts out as one. By the end of the movie, he can hardly even be called a bigot.



* PoliceAreUseless: Sparta police, anyway (unless you're interested in arresting the wrong man). No wonder Mrs. Colbert insists on keeping Tibbs around.
** However, it's explained that Sparta hadn't had a murder in ages, and the small-town tactics they employ doesn't cover the severity of the case. Gillespie is competent in things like chasing down suspects, but figuring out a murder requires the forensics skills that Tibbs knows by heart.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The novel's Mr. Tibbs was a polite, non-confrontational African American; the film's Mr. Tibbs, on the other hand, is much more assertive towards the bigots around him.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Sparta police, anyway (unless you're interested in arresting the wrong man). No wonder Mrs. Colbert insists on keeping Tibbs around.
** However, it's
It is explained that Sparta hadn't has not had a murder in ages, and the small-town tactics they employ doesn't do not cover the severity of the case. Gillespie is competent in things like chasing down suspects, but figuring out a murder requires the forensics skills that Tibbs knows by heart.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The novel's Mr. Tibbs was a polite, non-confrontational African American; African-American; the film's Mr. Tibbs, on the other hand, is much more assertive towards the bigots around him.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Gillespie, of all people. Despite his racism, he's pissed to find out that his men just arrested a cop. And in his own way he more or less begs Tibbs for his help, acknowledging that he and his fellow cops can't solve a murder this complicated on their own.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Gillespie, of all people. Despite his racism, he's he is pissed to find out that his men just arrested a cop. And in cop and did not even bother to search him or check his identification before bringing him into the station. In his own way he more or less begs Tibbs for his help, acknowledging that he and his fellow cops can't cannot solve a murder this complicated on their own.



* SaltAndPepper: Gillespie and Tibbs, again.

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* SaltAndPepper: Gillespie and Tibbs, again.Tibbs.



* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Gillespie isn't too thrilled to have Tibbs second-guessing him during the early part of the investigation. But when Tibbs keeps getting proved correct, Gillespie lets up on the animosity. For his part, Tibbs doesn't help ease tensions as he withholds key observations at times and keeps trying to lead the investigation ''his'' way.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: The TropeNamer.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Gillespie isn't is not too thrilled to have Tibbs second-guessing him during the early part of the investigation. But investigation, but when Tibbs keeps getting proved correct, Gillespie lets up on the animosity. For his part, Tibbs doesn't does not help ease tensions as he withholds key observations at times and keeps trying to lead the investigation ''his'' way.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: The TropeNamer.TropeNamer, which Virgil Tibbs speaks after Gillespie asks him how he is addressed up North.



* WronglyAccused: Tibbs is but the first of several people falsely suspected of the murder.
** The second is Harvey Oberst, a guy who was caught with Colbert's wallet. Virgil clears him on the grounds that he's left-handed and the blows to Colbert's head were from the right hand.
** The third is [[spoiler: Sam Wood, one of Gillespie's men]], who deposited a large amount of cash around the time of the murder, and lied about the road he drove on during his beat. [[spoiler: The reason for his lie is because he didn't want reveal he was eyeing Delores Purdy, who is notorious for parading around in the nude. He also couldn't have murdered Colbert, because the person who killed Colbert drove the dead man's car. Sam couldn't have driven that car, and ''his'' own patrol car.]]

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* WronglyAccused: WronglyAccused:
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Tibbs is but the first of several people falsely suspected of the murder.
murder, suspected simply because he is a black man in town with a large amount of money in his pockets.
** The second is Harvey Oberst, a guy who was caught with Colbert's wallet. Virgil clears him on the grounds that he's he is left-handed and the blows to Colbert's head were from the right hand.
** The third is [[spoiler: Sam Wood, one of Gillespie's men]], who deposited a large amount of cash around the time of the murder, and lied about the road he drove on during his beat. [[spoiler: The reason for his lie is because he didn't want reveal he was eyeing Delores Purdy, who is notorious for parading around in the nude. He also couldn't have murdered Colbert, because the person who killed Colbert drove the dead man's car. Sam couldn't have driven that car, car and ''his'' his own patrol car.]]



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29th Feb '16 1:44:48 AM Mdumas43073
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On his way back home after visiting his mother, Black Philadelphian Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a prominent factory owner in Sparta, Mississippi. In his one phone conversation, he reveals that he's actually a homicide detective back 'up North', and is told by his superiors that he should assist the locals in solving the case -- partnered with the casually racist Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Steiger). It's a rocky start to the partnership, but the more Tibbs displays his detective prowess, the more Gillespie comes to respect him. Working together, and fighting together against the truly rabid racism of some of the local rednecks, they solve the case.

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On his way back home after visiting his mother, Black Philadelphian Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a prominent factory owner in Sparta, Mississippi. In his one phone conversation, he reveals that he's actually a homicide detective back 'up North', and is told by his superiors that he should assist the locals in solving the case -- partnered with the casually racist Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Steiger). It's a rocky start to the partnership, but the more Tibbs displays his detective prowess, the more Gillespie comes to respect him. Working together, chasing several false leads, and fighting together against the truly rabid racism of some of the local rednecks, they solve the case.
29th Feb '16 1:42:55 AM Mdumas43073
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A 1965 novel by John Ball, '''''In the Heat of the Night''''' also spawned a film and a television series. The film version, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Creator/SidneyPoitier and Rod Steiger, was the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] winner for Best Picture of 1967.

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A 1965 novel by John Ball, '''''In ''In the Heat of the Night''''' Night'' also spawned a film and a television series. The film version, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Creator/SidneyPoitier and Rod Steiger, was the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] winner for Best Picture of 1967.
20th Jan '16 8:33:03 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* PlayingAgainstType: Tibbs is a lot more assertive and confrontational than most Poitier characters.
20th Jan '16 8:32:35 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Tibbs is a lot more assertive in the movie than he was in the book.


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* PlayingAgainstType: Tibbs is a lot more assertive and confrontational than most Poitier characters.
30th Dec '15 11:30:30 PM Mdumas43073
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** The second is Harvey, a guy who was caught with Colbert's wallet. Virgil clears him on the grounds that he's left-handed and the blows to Colbert's head were from the right hand.

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** The second is Harvey, Harvey Oberst, a guy who was caught with Colbert's wallet. Virgil clears him on the grounds that he's left-handed and the blows to Colbert's head were from the right hand.
30th Dec '15 11:29:15 PM Mdumas43073
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* WronglyAccused: Tibbs is but the first of several people falsely blamed for the murder.

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* WronglyAccused: Tibbs is but the first of several people falsely blamed for suspected of the murder.
30th Dec '15 11:28:01 PM Mdumas43073
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** The second was Harvey, a guy who was caught with Colbert's wallet. Virgil cleared him because he was left-handed, and the blows to Colbert's head were from the right hand.
** The third was [[spoiler: Sam, one of Gillespie's men]] having deposited a large amount of cash around the time of the murder, and lied about the road he drove on during his beat. [[spoiler: The reason for his lie is because he didn't want reveal he was eyeing Delores Purdy, who is notorious for parading around in the nude. He also couldn't have murdered Colbert, because the person who killed Colbert drove the dead man's car. Sam couldn't have driven that car, and ''his'' own patrol car.]]

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** The second was is Harvey, a guy who was caught with Colbert's wallet. Virgil cleared clears him because he was left-handed, on the grounds that he's left-handed and the blows to Colbert's head were from the right hand.
** The third was is [[spoiler: Sam, Sam Wood, one of Gillespie's men]] having men]], who deposited a large amount of cash around the time of the murder, and lied about the road he drove on during his beat. [[spoiler: The reason for his lie is because he didn't want reveal he was eyeing Delores Purdy, who is notorious for parading around in the nude. He also couldn't have murdered Colbert, because the person who killed Colbert drove the dead man's car. Sam couldn't have driven that car, and ''his'' own patrol car.]]]]
** While he's never formally charged or accused, Endicott is briefly suspected by Tibbs due to his opposition to Colbert's factory and the discovery of a fern from his greenhouse being found in the dead man's car.
30th Dec '15 11:13:27 PM Mdumas43073
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* TitleThemeTune: Performed by Music/RayCharles.

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* TitleThemeTune: Performed by Music/RayCharles. It became a minor hit.
30th Dec '15 11:10:48 PM Mdumas43073
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Though the film is set in Mississippi, the '60s political climate necessitated filming in Illinois.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Though the film is set in Mississippi, the '60s political racial/political climate necessitated filming in Illinois.
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