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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
Featuring a special introduction by Quincy Jones
In commemoration of Characters Unite Month and Black History Month, USA Network proudly presents the fifth movie in the Characters Unite Film Series to use the power of storytelling to raise awareness of social injustices and inspire more positive change.
"In the Heat of the Night" tells the story of a black police detective (Sidney Poitier) who works together with a white detective (Rod Steiger) on a murder investigation in a racially hostile southern town. Released in 1967, a time when the civil rights movement was just beginning to take hold in our country, the film was groundbreaking for shining a spotlight on racism and the importance of seeing one another as individuals rather than stereotypes.
"In the Heat of the Night" won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and featured a soundtrack composed by Quincy Jones.