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They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! is a 1970 film; a sequel to In the Heat of the Night (1967). 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).

Plot

The plot involves Tibbs' investigation of the murder of a prostitute, of which a liberal street preacher and political candidate, played by Martin Landau, is accused. The film has a blaxploitation style, unlike its predecessor. It can also be viewed as a forerunner to other 1970s cop films, such as Dirty Harry (1971) and The French Connection (1971). Like Dirty Harry, the action was set in San Franciscomarker.

Production

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 line in In the Heat of the Night.

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

Reception

The film has a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of June 2009.

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