- Gillespie's last words to Tibbs at the end, showing his newfound respect for the cop he'd been racially dismissive of at first.
Gillespie: Virgil?... You take care, y'hear?
- One of Gillespie's suspects, Harvey, is as racist as many townsfolk and treats Virgil with disdain. When Virgil proves he wasn't the killer, Harvey treats him with respect and as a friend.