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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.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Castle Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2006
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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
King Errisson
as Harry's Band
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Critic Reviews for Tap

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 10, 1989
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tap

This movie shows what a great talent Gregory Hines was. It also displays the beginning of the great and talented Savion.

Damon Reed

Excellent dance movie. I think this may have been Sammy Davis Jr last movie before he died. Excellent casting. The music was awesome too.

Joe G

This is my favorite movie of all time! I love watching Gregory Hines dance among all the other tap dancers in the movie!!

Regina D

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