Sidney Poitier (left) and Rod Steiger in the film In the Heat of the Night. Picture: Alamy Sidney Poitier (left) and Rod Steiger in the film In the Heat of the Night. Picture: Alamy
Sidney Poitier (left) and Rod Steiger in the film In the Heat of the Night. Picture: Alamy

Racism in America: how In the Heat of the Night confronted it in 1967

Few Hollywood films have addressed the issue the way the Norman Jewison crime drama did in the 1960s. Find out why the movie’s star Sidney Poitier refused to shoot in the American south

Topic |   American films
Sidney Poitier (left) and Rod Steiger in the film In the Heat of the Night. Picture: Alamy Sidney Poitier (left) and Rod Steiger in the film In the Heat of the Night. Picture: Alamy
Sidney Poitier (left) and Rod Steiger in the film In the Heat of the Night. Picture: Alamy
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