When a dead body is found at 3:30 a.m. in small-town Mississippi, the only person without an alibi is a black man waiting at the train station named Virgil Tibbs (Poitier). Removed from suspicion after proving he is a homicide detective with the Philadelphia police, Tibbs is then reluctantly enlisted to help solve the crime. In the process, when slapped by a racist plantation owner, Tibbs makes history by slapping him right back.
Director: Norman Jewison
Screenplay by: Stirling Silliphant
Starring: Rod Steiger, Sidney Poitier
Major nominations on original release : Academy Award nominations for Best Picture (won), Best Director, Best Actor (Steiger - won), Best Adapted Screenplay (won); BAFTA nominations for Best Foreign Actor (Steiger - won, Poitier).See all nominees