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In The Heat of the Night (1967)

Rome’s Capitol Theatre will screen a six-movie series, The Great American Novel, in the 1928 auditorium beginning September 24. Presented in conjunction with Jervis Public Library and the Keaton & Lloyd Bookshop, the series will focus on critically-acclaimed American movies based on classic American novels.

In the Heat of the Night (Mirisch/United Artists, 1967; color; 110 minutes; digital presentation [DCP]) John Ball’s groundbreaking novel, translated to the screen, chronicles the explosive case of a black police inspector (Sidney Poitier) from Philadelphia who, while traveling in the deep south, becomes a suspect in a brutal murder simply because of the color of his skin. After he is assigned to assist in the case he butts heads with the bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger) and the locals who resent a black man in a position of authority. “A film that has the look and sound of actuality and the pounding pulse of truth.” –New York Times (Screened by arrangement with Park Circus, an Arts Alliance Company.)

Please note: although the movies are rated for general audiences, parents and guardians should use their discretion, recognizing that all the movies have moments of intensity that could prove disturbing for young children.

Runtime: 110 Minutes
Rating: All Audiences
Language: English
Format: Digital Print
Venue: Capitol Theatre

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