IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) ABC1, 11.40PM, M, THRILLER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Sid­ney Poitier and Rod Steiger are given room to de­liver phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mances in this scin­til­lat­ing story of the racism that ig­nites when a big­oted Mis­sis­sippi sher­iff re­luc­tantly re­quests the as­sis­tance of a black homi­cide de­tec­tive. Di­rec­tor Nor­man Jewi­son (The Hur­ri­cane) crafts sev­eral in­stances of com­pelling drama through his lead ac­tors and his own ob­ser­va­tion of painful re­al­ity – on both sides of the racial di­vide. The emo­tional fi­nal scene where Poitier and Steiger part ways at a train sta­tion lingers long in the mem­ory.

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