Title: In the Heat of the Night
Director: Norman Jewison
Writer: Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel by John Ball
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger
Music: Quincy Jones (with Ray Charles)
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Steiger), Best Editing and Best Sound; Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Sound Effects; currently #239 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: a black man visiting the south is arbitrarily accused of a murder
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), August 2008
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for cinematography) c. 3.4/4 (Very good).
Nice movie. We were lucky enough to happen to watch it without reading any synopses first. If you somehow don't know anything about this movie, I highly recommend doing the same (my synopsis above is only of the first five minutes or so of the movie), as every summary or trailer I've seen (even one of the tag lines) completely spoils a great scene.