Sunday, June 01, 2008

Movie review: In the Heat of the Night



"We got the motive which is money and the body which is dead!" Well, yeah, but you've also got Sidney Poitier, showing you how to get it done.

Poitier is a Philadelphia cop who happens to get caught in the middle of a southern murder investigation first as a suspect and later as an on-loan investigator. Rod Steiger is the bigoted southern sheriff forced to admit he just doesn't know as much as the uppity northerner.

The two form an uneasy peace that was probably indicative of race relations in 1967. As a procedural, it's okay. As a "one man teaches the ignorant about the dignity of an oppressed race," it fares much better.

Poitier seethes with barely restrained intolerance of his own... not against white people, but against anyone who'd treat him with such disrespect. You go, Sidney.

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