Tuesday, January 10, 2006


"In the Heat of the Night" was a very interesting film on the topic of race. I felt it well portrayed a relationship between an intelligent black man and a reluctant white man. The white cop, Chief Bill Gillespie, is initially discriminatory and hateful towards black people, especially those that threaten his territory of police work. However, the movie well portrays the growing trust and relationship between the two men and the moral values change for Gillespie. For example, in the middle of the movie the black man, Det. Virgil Tibbs, is chased by racist townfolk and the Gillespie saves him. This is a big step for Gillespie because in the beginning of the movie his actions would have been different. This scene is also important because it is the only scene where Tibbs is dependent and in need of Gillespie, whereas throughout the entire movie it is reversed. Overall, I enjoyed the plot and themes of the movie, but due to differentiating cinematographic qualities of movies of today, it was a struggle to pay attention. Films today are made with short, fast paced shots, music and action. Therefore, compared to movies of today's times, it would seem very dull and slow. "In the Heat of the Night" needs to be enjoyed for its intriguing plot and not its production.


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