Friday, July 14

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In the Heat of the Night

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New Restoration! 50th Anniversary!

(1967) dir Norman Jewison w/Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant [109 min; DCP]
In Norman Jewison’s explosive, racially-charged film, Sidney Poitier stars as Virgil Tibbs, Philly’s #1 homicide detective who finds himself at odds with everyone from cops to killers when he gets swept up in a murder investigation in small town Mississippi. Rod Steiger co-stars as the town’s racist sheriff who begrudgingly admits that he could use the help of this big-city ‘boy.’

With staggeringly powerful performances by both Poitier and Steiger, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT was a monster hit upon its release and won 5 Oscars including Best Picture (though, tellingly, Poitier wasn’t even nominated). It remains, to this day, a superlative film with remarkable talent both in front of and behind the camera – shot by Haskell Wexler, edited by Hal Ashby, music by Quincy Jones – and is not to be missed on the big screen in this new 50th anniversary restoration.

“It’s a stylish performance from Poitier and an honest, intelligent contribution from Steiger.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“The film’s dutiful thriller mechanics are far less important than its politics – it has passed the test of time more for the small gestures and the iconic lines of dialogue.” – David Jenkins, Little While Lies

“It’s a pleasure, all too rare, to watch two splendid actors pitted against each other with equal force.” – Wanda Hale, New York Daily News

“Norman Jewison looks back at ‘In the Heat of the Night’”
By Ed Symkus, Boston Globe


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Friday 7/14
at 4:45 7:00 PM
Saturday 7/15
at 2:30 4:45 7:00 PM

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