POP ART: Episode 61, Rush Hour/In the Heat of the Night

Howard Casner • November 27, 2021

BUDDY BUDDY. Join filmmaker Josh Kim (How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) and the upcoming HBO series Forbidden) as we talk buddy cop movies: Rush Hour and a precursor to the subgenre, In the Heat of the Night.

“They call me Mr. Tibbs.” Have you ever been paired for a project with someone you can’t stand? Or with someone from another culture and the two of you just didn’t get along? Were you investigating a murder and maybe wanted to kill the one you were investigating it with?…Sounds like it’s time for Episode 61 of Pop Art, the podcast where my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. This time, I am happy to welcome back, a previous guest, writer, director Josh Kim, who has chosen as his movie the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker action movie Rush Hour, while I have chosen the Norman Jewison classic, In the Heat of the Night, both films about police officers of different and conflicting backgrounds who must come together to solve a case.

And in this episode we answer such questions as: What is the slap heard round the world? Why did Jackie Chan dislike the movie Rush Hour? Why was …Heat of the Night filmed in Sparta, Illinois rather than Sparta, Mississippi? What language does Chan speak in Rush Hour, and why? What is considered to be the first buddy cop film? What happened to Sidney Poitier’s career? What was significant about the year 1967 for movies? Why is Jackie Chan responsible for Rotten Tomatoes?

Be sure and check out Josh’s film How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), now on streaming channels.