In The Heat of the Night

Arguably, this movie, in terms of when it was made (1967), falls on the cusp of what one might consider to be a “nostalgic” movie; however, it was not only a life altering film for me, it presents, today, a still important and still relevant message.  The movie centers around the arrival of an African American detective, Sydney Poitier, in a small town in Mississippi.  The performances, and the cast, are remarkable as the script moves around the racial tensions and crimes being explored.  For those of you whose interest is sparked by this film, I recommend, highly, that you read The Film Professor’s books, Every Step a Struggle and Exits and Entrances, two volumes of reading dedicated to seven people who reshaped the images of African-Americans in film.