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In The Heat of The Night

Sidney Poitier plays a Philadelphia policeman who is wrongly accused of murder (simply because he is black) when he is passing through Sparta, Mississippi. Lucky the mistake is sorted out, but he doesn't escape the assignment of helping the bigoted, local police chief (Rod Steiger) find the real killer. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 109
Theater Release: 23 Aug 1967
Video Release: 14 Jan 2014
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Violence: The body of a dead man is seen lying in the street. Some pooled blood is shown around the corpse as well as on the seat of a car used to transport the body. Two men slap one another. Characters are involved in a car chase. A gang carrying shovels and other tools threatens a man. A character is shot at close range (no blood is shown). Several characters are unjustly accused of murder. A character talks about performing abortions.

Sexual Content: A nude woman is seen standing in front of window: her breasts are partially covered by the window frame. A man goes out of his way to see her. A character describes her sexual encounter with a man who is later accused of rape. A man says he was arrested for being a Peeping Tom. Police question a character that secretly performs abortions.

Language: The script contains about a dozen mild profanities, some terms of Deity and several uses of a racial slur.

Alcohol / Drug Use: One character smokes a cigarette and another smokes a cigar. A character appears to be intoxicated while drinking at home. Some other brief drinking is shown.

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