They Call Me Mister Tibbs

  • 1970
  • Movie
  • GP
  • Mystery

The second in the series of three films built around the exploits of tough city cop Virgil Tibbs (the first was IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, the third THE ORGANIZATION) has Sidney Poitier, in the title role, investigating the violent murder of a prostitute. The prime suspect is Tibbs' close friend activist minister Logan Sharpe (Landau), who is in the middle...read more

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The second in the series of three films built around the exploits of tough city cop Virgil Tibbs (the first was IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, the third THE ORGANIZATION) has Sidney Poitier, in the title role, investigating the violent murder of a prostitute. The prime suspect is Tibbs' close

friend activist minister Logan Sharpe (Landau), who is in the middle of a fight to pass a bill which would clean up the city government. Investigating all the suspects, including the girl's pimp, Tibbs encounters several threats against his own life but eventually pins down the culprit. Incidents

from Tibbs' domestic life are juxtaposed against his professional one in an attempt to flesh out his character, but although Poitier brings a great deal of depth to his relationship with his son, in general, his character remains one-dimensional. He comes off looking very much like an angel,

though one hardened by many earthly experiences. Martin Landau, on the other hand, gives an intense, well-rounded portrayal of the guilt-ridden minister whose vows don't keep him from being victimized by his own sexual desires. Poitier, who was increasingly interested in working behind the camera,

was allowed to direct several scenes in which he did not appear.

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