Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio 103, the engine that pulls Tibbs' train, was an EMD E-7A, built in March 1945, as the GM&O was the first "large" U.S. railroad to replace all steam locomotives with diesels The engine, passenger consist and operation crew were hired from the railroad for a two-day period in 1966 to film Tibbs' arrival and departure from Sparta, IL, (although the GM&O had ceased passenger operations south of St. Louis, Missouri, eight years earlier) with the engine and train laying over at a yard with a turntable south of Sparta overnight. When the GM&O merged with the Illinois Central to form the ICG in August 1972, 103 was renumbered to ICG 4011, and then was sold for scrap to the Precision National Corporation in March 1975.
Ofcr. Sam Wood:
Where you keeping the pie tonight?
Ralph Henshaw, diner counterman: I ate the last piece just before you came in.
When Tibbs goes to the jail cell and is asking Harvey for advice: The shadows on the left side of his chest change back & forth between the close-up shots of just him, and wide shots with both of them.
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.
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