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In the Heat of the Night by John Ball

Virgil Tibbs is a Philadelphia Homicide detective home to see his mother in the rural south. He is arrested on general principles when a rich white man is found dead, and Tibbs' being Black is enough reason. When his identity is established, his boss offers his services to the small town sheriff who has little experience with murder investigations. As the two policemen learn how to work together, they begin to make progress on the crime. (imdb.com)

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Carl Franklin 40% 
  2. 2. Norman Jewison 40% 
  3. 3. Jack Hill 20% 

Cast Results

Det. Virgil Tibbs Total Votes: 10

  1. 1. Denzel Washington 20% 
  2. 2. Will Smith 20% 
  3. 3. Mario van Peebles 10% 
  4. 4. Bernie Casey 10% 
  5. 5. Terrence Howard 10% 
  6. 6. Jamie Foxx 10% 
  7. 7. Chiwetel Ejiofor 10% 
  8. 8. Don Cheadle 10% 

Police Chief Bill Gillespie Total Votes: 7

  1. 1. Tommy Lee Jones 28% 
  2. 2. Bill McKinney 14% 
  3. 3. Chris Cooper 14% 
  4. 4. Giovanni Ribisi 14% 
  5. 5. Brendan Gleeson 14% 
  6. 6. Patrick Duffy 14% 

Off. Sam Wood Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Tim Blake Nelson 40% 
  2. 2. Paul Koslo 20% 
  3. 3. Max Martini 20% 
  4. 4. Walton Goggins 20% 

Mrs. Leslie Colbert Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Julia Stiles 50% 
  2. 2. Susan Clark 25% 
  3. 3. Annabeth Gish 25% 

Eric Endicott Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Ben Johnson 100% 

Purdy (Delores' brother) Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Don Stroud 100% 

Mayor Webb Schubert Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. William H. Macy 66% 
  2. 2. Strother Martin 33% 

Mama Caleba, aka Mrs. Bellamy Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Eartha Kitt 50% 
  2. 2. Alfre Woodard 50% 

Off. George Courtney Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Adam Rourke 100% 

H.E. Henderson (banker) Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Elisha Cook Jr. 100% 

Watkins Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. James Best 100% 

Packy Harrison (pool hall operator) Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Brad Dexter 100% 

Ted Ulam (mortician Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. John Carradine 100% 

Dr. Stuart Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Dr. No 100% 

Delores Purdy Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Susan George 50% 
  2. 2. Jeannine Kaspar 50% 

Comments

  • SkyFire: So is it possible to present the same racial tension in this movie without folks getting in a twist about it? And who can pull …
  • Jim: “They” pulled off pretty good tension in “Mississippi Burning” and “American Hisatory X”. It *can* be done, but only if people like Joel Schumacher and …
  • American: Are you nuts? Have you seen Schumacher's brillaint film A Time to Kill?

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