A black Army investigator (Howard E. Rollins Jr.) travels to a remote military base in the heart of the Louisiana backwoods to look into the mysterious murder of a black sergeant toward the tail end of World War II. Once he arrives, the investigator discovers an Army regiment and an entire community that, despite the beginnings of integration, is still torn apart by race and segregation. He soon learns that on this base, trust is sparse, and secrets are a currency all their own.
In the Heat of the Night 1967
I saw this film when it first was released. In all my film watching, I still consider this one of the finest films ever made. The whole tone of the film was so authentically "old South" (of course, the film was certainly created in the perfect time period as well). The chemistry between Steiger and Poitier was tremendous! The interaction could be FELT -- unlike what sometimes passes for acting now. In addition, unlike many present-day films, this cinematic gem did not have to rely on special effects. And finally, the music. Quincy Jones composed the sound track and Ray Charles sang the theme song -- it doesn't get better than that!
Miles Finer is an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. After repeated pokes by God, Miles' curiosity takes over, and he accepts the ultimate friend request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom, an online journalist. Brought together by the mysterious account, the two find themselves investigating God's friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime, he'll play along and -- in the process -- change his life forever.