In The Heat of The Night parents guide

In The Heat of The Night

Racial tensions run high in this Oscar winning classic

Overall A-

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.

Release date August 23, 1967

Violence C+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B-
Substance Use B-

Why is In The Heat of The Night rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated In The Heat of The Night Not Rated

Run Time: 109 minutes

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In The Heat of The Night
Rating & Content Info

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Why is In The Heat of The Night rated Not Rated? In The Heat of The Night is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

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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In The Heat of The Night
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video NR

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News About "In The Heat of The Night"

Cast and Crew

In The Heat of The Night is directed by Norman Jewison and stars Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of In The Heat of The Night movie is January 14, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: In The Heat of the Night (1967)

Release Date: 14 January 2014

In The Heat of the Night releases to home video (Blu-ray) with the following extras:

- Audio Commentary with Norman Jewison, Lee Grant, Rod Steiger and Cinematographer Haskell Wexler

- Turning Up the Heat: Moviemaking in the ‘60s

- The Slap Heard Around the World

- Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound

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