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Quotations from In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night is a mystery-crime drama about the story of a black police detective from Philadelphia who investigates a crime in a racist town in southern USA. Directed by Norman Jewison. Starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, and Lee Grant. This film won five Oscar awards, including Best Actor and Best Picture. Based on the novel by John Ball.

In the Heat of the Night is a wonderful film with many fantastic lines. Read some of these famous quotes below.


Tibbs: They call me Mister Tibbs!
Sam Wood: Where you keeping the pie tonight?
Ralph Henshaw, diner counterman: I ate the last piece just before you came in.
Gillespie: I got the motive which is money and the body which is dead.
Tibbs: Now listen, hear me good mama. Please. Don't make me have to send you to jail... There's white time in jail and there's colored time in jail. The worst kind of time you can do is colored time.
Gillespie: Whatcha hit him with?
Tibbs: Hit whom?
Gillespie: "Whom"? Are you a northern boy? What's a northern boy doing down here?
Sam Wood: [to Tibbs] Take me ten minutes to get a king size Coke and a wedge of pie. That is if that peckerwood ain't sold out yet.
Chief Gillespie: Just once in my life, I'm gonna own my temper. I'm telling you that you're gonna stay here. You're gonna stay here if I have to go inside and call your chief of police and have him remind you of what he told you to do. But I don't think I have to do that, you see? No, because you're so damn smart. You're smarter than any white man. You're just gonna stay here and show us all. You've got such a big head that you could never live with yourself unless you could put us all to shame. You wanna know something, Virgil? I don't think that you could let an opportunity like that pass by.
Mayor Webb Schubert: What made you change your mind about Tibbs?
Gillespie: Who said I did?
Mayor Webb Schubert: [refering to Tibbs' slapping of a white man] Last Chief we had would've shot Tibbs two seconds after he slapped him and claimed Self Defense!
[describing Chief Gillespie]
Harvey Oberst: Got no more smile than a turnip.
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