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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 ...
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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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Referenced in Married with Children: Top of the Heap (1991) See more »

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Top of the Heap
Lyrics by Bradford Craig
Music by J.J. Johnson
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Unlike any black-themed movie you've seen!
28 June 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I can only imagine the looks on the faces of patrons who went to see this when it was originally released to theaters. The closest I can describe it is an R-rated take on Walter Mitty, with the central character repeatedly daydreaming of being an astronaut while his real life is a hellhole. It's certainly an imaginative exercise, but ultimately proves frustrating because of its almost episodic nature, plus a number of murky details (for example, we don't learn that he has more than one kid in his family until it's mentioned near the end of the movie!)

Still, if you choose to watch it (take breaks during your watching, so you don't get too strained), it does provide some entertainment and interesting moments. For one thing, this is one of the few black-themed movies of the time that isn't fully sympathetic towards its lead character. It's also one of the few that has some likable white characters; in fact, the movie seems more against "the system" than whites in general. There are also a few genuinely hilarious moments. Despite all this, the movie is still best appreciated as an artifact than a piece of entertainment.


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