Sun 3 September 2:00pm
Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
This acclaimed drama won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, on its release 50 years ago.
When a wealthy industrialist is found murdered in a small Mississippi town and an African-American man is picked up at the train station with a wallet full of cash, local Police Chief Bill Gillespie immediately assumes he has caught his culprit.
He’s soon embarrassed to learn that the man he has arrested is Detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), an experienced police officer from Philadelphia who is passing through town and is keen to leave the prejudiced community as soon as possible.
But when Tibbs’ superior officer orders him to assist on the case and the victim’s widow demands that he lead the investigation, the unlikely pair are forced to work together to unravel the mystery, leading them on a line of enquiry that will challenge both of their preconceptions.