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February 15, 2023

Episode 612: Top of the Heap (1972)

Special Guest: Christopher St. John
Guest Co-Hosts: Gary Phillips, Samm Deighan

Our Black History Month coverage continues with a look at Christopher St. John's Top of the Heap. Released in 1972 the film stars St. John as George Lattimer, a DC police officer who’s confronted with pressures from his job, his wife, and his daughter. When his mother dies, George undergoes a bit of a breakdown where he starts fantasizing about another life including being an astronaut.

Gary Phillips and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this sorely under-seen film while talks about how Top of the Heap came together despite interference from the film's producer.

The Code Red Blu-Ray of Top of the Heap is out of print. In the meantime, you can see the film via Shout Factory TV, Tubi, and other streaming services.

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"Speak Out" - J.J. Johnson Orchestra & Chorus
"Theme From "Top Of The Heap" - J.J. Johnson Orchestra & Chorus


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