Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Virgil Tibbs was ranked Hero #19 in the Heroes category on the AFI's 100 Heroes and Villains list.
Ofcr. Sam Wood:
Where you keeping the pie tonight?
Ralph Henshaw, diner counterman: I ate the last piece just before you came in.
The lyrics to the song Sam listens to on his transistor radio describe a bow-legged Polly and a knock-kneed Paul not being able to get together, yet anatomically these would in fact be ideal physical characteristics for a guy and a gal to "get together".
No uppercase ("capital") letters are used in the opening and closing credits, including the film's title, cast and characters, crew and job titles, and company credits.