In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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After the murder of "the most important man" In a small town called Sparta, somewhere in Mississippi, an African-American Detective called Virgil Tibbs is accused of the murder by a racist patrol officer. When his innocence is proved, he sets out to find the real killer, with the help of the town's fat gum-chewing sheriff, Bill Gillespie.

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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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