"They call me Mister Tibbs!" Norman Jewison directs Sidney Poitier as a Black homicide inspector from Philadelphia pulled into a murder investigation in racist small-town Sparta, Mississippi. Rod Steiger co-stars as the Sheriff, who is Poitier's reluctant partner.
In 2002, the United States Library of Congress selected IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT for preservation in the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
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