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Still shot from the movie: In The Heat of The Night.

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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does this film reflect the racial tensions that the country faced at the time? How did attitudes toward blacks differ in the north and the south? How did the actor Sidney Poitier help change the public’s attitude toward black actors?

Is racial profiling still a problem in policing? What other stereotypes may impact a police investigation?

How do the attitudes of these two police officers change as they work together?

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