Top of the Heap (film)

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Top of the Heap
Top of the Heap FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Christopher St. John
Produced byChristopher St. John
Written byChristopher St. John
StarringChristopher St. John
Music by J.J. Johnson
CinematographyRichard A. Kelley
Edited byMichael Pozen
The Fanfare Corporation, St. John Unlimited Productions [1]
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

Top of the Heap is a 1972 American drama film directed by and starring Christopher St. John. [2] It was entered into the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival. [3]



A Washington D.C. police officer, George Lattimer (St. John) is proud to be one of few African-Americans in the department. However, his peers, or people do not show love for him. When he is passed up for the promotion of sergeant, trouble erupts.


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  1. Top of the Heap at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. Greenspun, Roger (June 3, 1972). "Top Of The Heap (1972) Screen: 'Top of the Heap' Examines Black Cop With Problems". The New York Times .
  3. " Awards for Top of the Heap". Retrieved June 28, 2010.