In the Heat of the Night

Continuity mistake: In the wide angle shot of Chief Gillespie approaching Virgil Tibbs at the train station, there is a dog on the platform, in between Gillepsie and Tibbs. In the next shot, a closer view of Gillespie approaching Tibbs, the dog is gone.

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Continuity mistake: Gillespie does a fairly lengthy audible rewind of the killer's taped confession, but only his last two sentences ("That's all. I didn't mean to kill him") are heard when the tape is immediately played back.

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Continuity mistake: Lloyd Purdey is shot by Ralph and is declared dead by one of his friend. In the last shot before the scene changes, you can see the body is breathing.

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Quotes

Chief Gillespie: Virgil, that's a funny name for a nigger boy that comes from Philadelphia. What do they call you up there?
Virgil Tibbs: They call me MISTER Tibbs!

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Mistakes

In the wide angle shot of Chief Gillespie approaching Virgil Tibbs at the train station, there is a dog on the platform, in between Gillepsie and Tibbs. In the next shot, a closer view of Gillespie approaching Tibbs, the dog is gone.

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Trivia

Norman Jewison asked Rod Steiger to chew gum when playing the role of Gillespie. Steiger resisted at first but then grew to love the idea, and went through 263 packs of gum during the shooting of the film.

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