They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
Italy released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs is called in to investigate when a liberal street preacher and political candidate is accused of murdering a prostitute. Tibbs is also battling domestic woes, including a frustrated wife and a rebellious adolescent son. ...They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
- Language : English, Italian
- Director : Gordon Douglas
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 104 minutes
- Actors : Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Anthony Zerbe, Jeff Corey, Barbara McNair
- Subtitles: : Italian
- Studio : 01 Distribution
- ASIN : B08RD9CZ7G
- Number of discs : 1
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There is the contemporary equivalent of a car-chase - ie a foot-chase - where he chases a suspect for what seems like miles over a long urban lanscape and quite a few film minutes - it went on so long it made me laugh.
At home he has a wife who is neither black nor white, very beautiful, and two children, one a son with whom he has very weird conversations about growing up, women (as in mother and little sister) and morality and a man's lot in life.
All the result of the curious relationship Hollywood had at the time with a successful (and gorgeous) black actor in a starring role. Hollywood was obviously not comfortable with this state of affairs at all and it makes for a strange and interesting, a little disturbing film on that level.
Jazzy, B-movie type music, a step removed from the earthy Ray Charles blues of "In the heat of the night".
I'm glad I've seen it and can appreciate in the context of how things were for black people who weren't Mr Tibbs at the time it was made and Hollywood squirming somewhat.
on the run doing a OJ 40 before the OJ did his run. As a movie it has not lasted well with age butit was nice to see actors when they are younger and full of promise like Sidney Poitier.