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Top of the Heap

A Black cop struggles with his inner and outer demons in Christopher St John’s experimental debut feature.

Drama 1972 90 mins Not rated

Director: Christopher St. John

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Overview

Christopher St John’s Top of the Heap is the story of George Lattimer (played by the director himself), a tightly-wound Black cop struggling with his inner and outer demons. The film nods to Blaxploitation conventions, but it’s ultimately a more experimental, even existential work, focusing on Lattimer’s fears and fantasies – particularly his daydream of floating free from the mire and corruption of the everyday world as an astronaut.

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