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They Call Me Mister Tibbs! is a 1970 American DeLuxe Color crime drama film directed by Gordon Douglas. The second installment in a trilogy, the release was preceded by In the Heat of the Night (1967) and followed by The Organization (1971). The film's title was taken from a line in the first film.[2][3]

They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGordon Douglas
Produced byHerbert Hirschman Exective Producer Walter Mirisch
Written byAlan Trustman
Screenplay byAlan Trustman
James R. Webb
StarringSidney Poitier
Martin Landau
Barbara McNair
Music byQuincy Jones
CinematographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Edited byBud Molin
Irving Rosenblum
Production
company
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • July 8, 1970 (1970-07-08)
Running time
108 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2,350,000 (US/Canada rentals)[1]

Sidney Poitier reprised his role of police detective Virgil Tibbs, though in this sequel, Tibbs is working for the San Francisco Police rather than the Philadelphia Police (as in the original film) or the Pasadena Police (as in the novels).

PlotEdit

Detective Virgil Tibbs, now a lieutenant with the San Francisco police, is assigned to investigate the murder of a prostitute. A prime suspect is Reverend Logan Sharpe, a liberal street preacher who is leading one of the sides in a city referendum on an urban renewal project. He tells Tibbs he was visiting the prostitute in his professional capacity, to advise her spiritually, and that when he left her apartment she was alive and healthy.

Gibbs tracks down and questions the janitor from the victim's building, Mealie Williamson, and Woody Garfield, a shady character who owns the building and might have been the dead woman's pimp, who sent the janitor into hiding. Later, suspicion falls on a hood named Rice Weedon, who is pursued and shot by Tibbs in self-defense.

Tibbs’ ongoing investigation leads him to conclude that Sharpe really is the murderer. When confronted, Sharpe confesses; however he requests that Tibbs not arrest him for 24 hours, until the polls close on the city referendum. When Tibbs refuses, Sharpe, while being taken away to be arrested, purposefully steps in front of a moving vehicle and is killed.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Quincy Jones wrote the score, as he did with In the Heat of the Night, although the tone of the music in both is markedly different. The previous film, owing to its setting, had a country and bluesy sound, whereas his work for this film was in the funk milieu that would become Jones' trademark in the early 1970s.

The film's title was taken from Virgil's assertive response in In the Heat of the Night, after the sheriff mockingly asked him what people call him in the city where he works.

It was followed by a third film called The Organization (1971).

The film was the last appearance of veteran actor Juano Hernández, who died in July 1970, a few days after the film premiered.

ReceptionEdit

The film has a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of June 2009.[4] It did not attract nearly as positive a response as the series' 1967 debut, In the Heat of the Night, which won five Academy Awards including the 1967 Best Picture Oscar.

Musical score and soundtrackEdit

They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
 
Soundtrack album by
Released1970
Recorded1970
GenreFilm score
Length32:49
LabelUnited Artists
UAS 5214
ProducerQuincy Jones
Quincy Jones chronology
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The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones, and the soundtrack album was released on the United Artists label in 1970.[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [6]

Allmusic's Steven McDonald said "They Call Me Misters Tibbs! had a more open, urban attitude from its San Francisco setting. The music throughout has an edge, with some interesting musical experiments going on ... Jones, as one example, used cimbalom to reflect Tibbs' feelings".[6]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Quincy Jones

  1. "Call Me Mister Tibbs (Main Title)" − 4:33
  2. "'Rev' Logan (Organ Solo)" − 2:12
  3. "Blues for Mister Tibbs" − 6:27
  4. "Fat Poppadaddy" − 3:28
  5. "Soul Flower" − 4:20
  6. "Call Me Mister Tibbs (Main Title)" − 2:15
  7. "Black Cherry" − 2:15
  8. "Family Man" − 1:20
  9. "Side Pocket" − 2:05
  10. "Why, Daddy?" − 3:08
  11. "Call Me Mister Tibbs (End Title)" − 0:46

PersonnelEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1970", Variety, 6 January 1971 p 11
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and ... Abbe A. Debolt, James S. Baugess - 2011 Page 311 "Tibbs and Gillespie have moved from the racially charged scene in which Poitier utters the film's iconic line "They call me Mister Tibbs ... the role of "Mister Tibbs" in They Call Me MISTER Tibbs (1970) and The Organization (1971), was not nominated."
  3. ^ I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History 2008 -- Page 313 "We had done reasonably well with They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! and we still had another option for a Virgil Tibbs picture with Sidney Poitier."
  4. ^ They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes Archived 2009-04-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Edwards, D & Callahan, M. Discography Preview for the United Artists label 40000 & 4000/5000 Series (1958-1972), accessed January 30, 2018
  6. ^ a b McDonald, Steven. In the Heat of the Night/They Call Me Mr. Tibbs – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2018.

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