Bennet Pomerantz | Seabrook, Maryland | 09/09/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sidney Poitier recreates Vigil Tibbs for the last time in this film. Thank Goodness. The twice prevous times (the classic In the Heat of the Night (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition) and its sequel They Call Me Mister Tibbs!) had plots and were better developed than this film. This, perhaps, is the Poitier film that has aged least gracefully.
This film seems standard TV cop fare of 1970's. It would be like a TV movie, if not for the star power of Poitier. However if you are a fan of old cop shows, this cast is filled with future TV cops..such as Gerald S. O'Loughlin (The Rookies and Automan), Max Gail (Barney Miller), Bernie Hamilton (Starkey and Hutch), Ron O.Neal (The Equalizer and Superfly), Garry Walberg (Quincy ME) and Daniel J. Travanti (Hill Street Blues)
The plot wears thin after a half hour. Gil Melle's jazz score overwhelms the watcher long before them. It seem to make a point, you need to have a louder jazz score..it dont work for me!
It is the acting talent of Poitier that makes this film more than something you throw in a trash heap. His cool demeaner makes his character and this film still stand up. This film was Tibbs's film swan song and it acts like it...and please dont bring up the 1990's TV version of "In the Heat of the Night", that charcter was so watered down for TV , it was BAD.
One would wish someone in Hollywood remake land would recreate Tibbs for the movies, I would enjoy Don Cheadle playing it...ah wishful thinking
R.I.P. Vigil Tibbs
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
A forgotten cult movie!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 04/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Beginning with "In the heat of the night", this is the third and last sequel. Poitier plays hard and faces a powerful organization which deals with drugs. In the line of "The French Connection", the picture will guarantee you a solid script plenty of emotion, impressive chases and a very realistic ending.