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Tap (1989)




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Gregory Hines plays the ex-convict son of a famed tap-dancer. Taking over his late father's Harlem dance studio, Hines can't shake memories of his childhood, when he was being touted as a dancing prodigy. Challenged to fulfill his destiny by his dad's old cronies--among them such terpsichorean giants as Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde and Harold Nicholas--Hines does his best to avoid lapsing back into a life of crime. The struggle to save Hines' soul is a titanic one, with Hines' girlfriend Suzzanne Douglas tugging at him from one direction and his old burglary partner Joe Morton yanking from the other. The plotline of Tap is merely an excuse to show off some of the most dazzling footwork ever recorded on film. The director is Nick Castle Jr., who like star Gregory Hines is scion of a legendary dancing family.

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Gregory Hines
as Max Washington
Sammy Davis Jr.
as Little Mo
Pat Rico
as Spats
Louis Castle
as Anthony
David Abravanel
as Harry's Band
Lloyd Kino
as Party Hood
Kevin Guillaume
as Piano Player
Alvino Beenett
as Harry's Band
Joel Weiss
as Limo Driver
Elmira Collins
as Harry's Band
Lanny Cordolla
as Harry's Band
King Errisson
as Harry's Band
Jane Goldberg
as Shim Sham Dancer
Frances E. Nealy
as Shim Sham Dancer
Mike Anthony Perna
as Street Musician
Van Porter
as Dancer
Nikki Rene
as Dancer
Chris Tedesco
as Harry's Band
Dianne Walker
as Shim Sham Dancer
Dorothy Wasserman
as Shim Sham Dancer
Pat Zicari
as Street Musician
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Critic Reviews for Tap

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Almost everything that happens in the movie is borrowed, more or less frankly, from old movie lore. In a way, that's also a strength: This is a musical about musicals, as well as being a tap dance movie about tap dancers.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Getting nervous feet is a good thing in Nick Castle's energizing Tap. It's a pleasure to see a legendary showstopper like Sammy Davis Jr. chew up the scenery with his awestruck protege Gregory Hines.

May 31, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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