Sidney Poitier passed earlier this year at the age of 94 and that spurred me into finally getting around to watching In the Heat of the Night, a film so game-changing it still resonates to this day. I knew the film was a murder mystery. I did not realize that it was set in the deep South with Sidney Poitier’s Virgil Tibbs, a brilliant homicide detective from Philadelphia, having to solve a murder surrounded by bigoted cops and townsfolk who stare at him just for walking into a room.
The movie was striking in so many ways. To see a film in 1967 starring a dignified Black man, composed by legendary musician and producer, Quincy Jones, and highlighting an empowering story that confronts racism in the way that it did, and for that film to win Best Picture! It’s incredible.
As I watched the film I found myself absolutely enthralled by how poignant it still feels to this day. With so much unnecessary police brutality against African-American men and women, this movie, I feel, would still win Best Picture now in 2022. And then again, maybe I’m wrong.
All in all, I see why it’s considered a classic and a must-watch. It was phenomenal from start to finish.
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