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Top of the Heap (1972)

 -  Drama  -  2 June 1972 (USA)
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A Washington D.C. cop is proud to be one of the few African-Americans on the force. He is not well loved by his peers or by street people. Trouble erupts when he is overlooked for a promotion.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher St. John ...
George Lattimer
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Black Chick
Florence St. Peter ...
Viola Lattimer
Leonard Kuras ...
Bobby Gelman
John Alderson ...
Captain Walsh
Patrick McVey ...
Tim Cassidy
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Taxi Driver
Ingeborg Sørensen ...
Nurse Swenson (as Ingeborg Sorensen)
Ron Douglas ...
Hip Passenger
John McMurtry ...
Dope Dealer
Damu King ...
Pot Peddler
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Pot Peddler
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Rookie Policeman
Jerry Jones ...
Club Owner
Willie Harris ...
Bouncer
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A Washington D.C. cop is proud to be one of the few African-Americans on the force. He is not well loved by his peers or by street people. Trouble erupts when he is overlooked for a promotion.

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Top of the Heap
Lyrics by Bradford Craig
Music by J.J. Johnson
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The Not-So-Bad Lieutenant

I have a feeling that Abel Ferrara may have seen this film at some point before he made "Bad Lieutenant" (much as Sam Raimi undoubtedly saw "Equinox" before he made "Evil Dead"). There are a certain number of striking similarities between the two films: cop who seems to hate the burden of his wife and family, hates his job, is corrupt, does drugs, is p****d off and scornful of just about everything around him and...well, I won't say any more than that because I might spoil it for viewers who haven't seen one or the other film. One big difference between the two, though, is that Christopher St. John's character in "Top of the Heap" is rather more well-developed. He has an internal life (represented on-screen by a very odd astronaut/moon-shot fantasy/dream), so we have a certain understanding, if not necessarily a sympathy for his actions and motivations. This is a rather obscure (I'd never heard of it before I found my long-out-of-print Unicorn Video pre-record) but very underrated piece of filmmaking and it doesn't deserve to be heaped together with other low budget blaxploitation films of the period. It's really too bad that Christopher St. John hasn't directed another film since. I found his work a lot more interesting than the majority of Ferrara's.


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