The Organization

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Police detective Virgil Tibbs Sidney Poitier returns to finds himself in hot water with the police over his acceptance of help from a neighborhood anti-drug group. The group has done some things which are far from textbook legal, such as stealing and destroying a large shipment of drugs. Though they pulled off their robbery without loss of life, a corpse is found at the scene of the heist. Tibbs, now suspended from the force, uses their help to string together clues which enable him to break up a large drug ring....
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Sealed in manufacturer's shrinkwrap~Fast shipping. Don Medford's hard-boiled police thriller may not belong in the annals of great films of the '70s, but it effectively bridges ... the gap between the high-minded, race-conscious crime dramas of the late '60s and the wave of cheekier, more visceral blaxploitation flicks that were just gaining prominence around the time of The Organization's release. What's surprising about the film is its businesslike manner: No longer content to sit around pondering the vicissitudes of justice, star Sidney Poitier is out pounding the pavement from the beginning of the film, doing whatever it takes -- however questionably ethical -- to clean up the streets of San Francisco. Though there's still plenty of room in The Organization for ham-fisted speechifying from the venerable Virgil Tibbs character (making his third screen appearance here), the action set pieces thankfully take center stage. For the most part, they're effectively pulse-pounding and atmospheric, thanks in large part to Joseph Biroc's clever camerawork and Gil Melle's funky, off-kilter score. Thank you for your consideration. Read more Show Less

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Police detective Virgil Tibbs Sidney Poitier returns to finds himself in hot water with the police over his acceptance of help from a neighborhood anti-drug group. The group has done some things which are far from textbook legal, such as stealing and destroying a large shipment of drugs. Though they pulled off their robbery without loss of life, a corpse is found at the scene of the heist. Tibbs, now suspended from the force, uses their help to string together clues which enable him to break up a large drug ring. This is the third movie made starring Poitier and based on John Bail's novels In The Heat of the Night and They Call Me Mister Tibbs.
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All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Don Medford's hard-boiled police thriller may not belong in the annals of great films of the '70s, but it effectively bridges the gap between the high-minded, race-conscious crime dramas of the late '60s and the wave of cheekier, more visceral blaxploitation flicks that were just gaining prominence around the time of The Organization's release. What's surprising about the film is its businesslike manner: No longer content to sit around pondering the vicissitudes of justice, star Sidney Poitier is out pounding the pavement from the beginning of the film, doing whatever it takes -- however questionably ethical -- to clean up the streets of San Francisco. Though there's still plenty of room in The Organization for ham-fisted speechifying from the venerable Virgil Tibbs character (making his third screen appearance here), the action set pieces thankfully take center stage. For the most part, they're effectively pulse-pounding and atmospheric, thanks in large part to Joseph Biroc's clever camerawork and Gil Melle's funky, off-kilter score. Erstwhile TV director Medford allows the pace to go slack at times -- some shots linger on interminably, as if signaling a commercial break that never arrives -- but for mostly mindless, completely functional crime thrills, The Organization succeeds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • UPC: 883904128885
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Poitier Virgil Tibbs
Barbara McNair Valerie Tibbs
Gerald O'Loughlin Jack Pecora
Sheree North Mrs. Morgan
Fred Beir Bob Alford
Lani Miyazaki Annie Sekido
Allen Garfield Benjy
Billy Green Bush Dave Thomas
Max Gail Rudy
Charles H. Gray Night Watchman
Ross Hagen Chet
Bernie Hamilton Lt. Jessop
Johnny Haymer John Bishop
Graham Jarvis William Martin
Paul Jenkins Tony
Raul Julia Juan Mendoza
John Lasell Zach Mills
Jarion Monroe Larry French
Ron O'Neal Joe Peralez
George Spell Andy Tibbs
Wanda Spell Ginny Tibbs
Daniel J. Travanti Sgt. Chassman
Garry Walberg Capt. Stacy
James A. Watson Jr. Stacy Baker
Desmond Wilson Charlie Blossom
Technical Credits
Don Medford Director
Angela Alexander Costumes/Costume Designer
Del Armstrong Makeup
Sass Bedig Special Effects
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
George B. Chan Art Director
Wes Jeffries Costumes/Costume Designer
John K. Lemons Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Robert Martin Sound/Sound Designer
James F. McGuire Production Designer
Gil Melle Score Composer, Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Mirisch Producer
Clark Paylow Production Manager
Jack N. Reddish Asst. Director
Norman O. Skeete Special Effects
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
James R. Webb Screenwriter
Ferris Webster Editor
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