Directed by Gordon Douglas • 1970 • United States
Starring Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair
In this suspenseful sequel to IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, screen legend Sidney Poitier reprises his role as the titular investigator, who now must solve a puzzling murder in the City by the Bay. Featuring an original score by the great Quincy Jones, THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS! is an absorbing mystery that ranks as one of the best of the genre. When a prostitute is murdered in San Francisco’s ritzy Nob Hill district, an anonymous tip implicates minister and political crusader Logan Sharpe (Martin Landau). Lt. Virgil Tibbs, who has known Sharpe for many years, asks to be assigned to the case in hopes of clearing his friend’s name. So begins the detective’s journey through a twisted maze of baffling evidence, frantic chases, deadly gunfire, and bad alibis. Before long, Tibbs finds himself bitterly torn between his duty as a cop and his loyalty to a friend.