Why is In The Heat of The Night rated Not Rated?
Official MPAA Rating: In The Heat of The Night is rated Not Rated for
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.