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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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Gregory Hines
as Max Washington
Sammy Davis Jr.
as Little Mo
Suzzanne Douglas
as Amy Simms
Joe Morton
as Nicky
Pat Rico
as Spats
Arthur Duncan
as Arthur
Louis Castle
as Anthony
David Abravanel
as Harry's Band
Lloyd Kino
as Party Hood
Billy Anagnos
as Dancer
Cheryl Baxter
as Dancer
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
Sharie Dietz
as Dancer
Carla Earle
as Dancer
King Errisson
as Harry's Band
Jane Goldberg
as Shim Sham Dancer
Shaun Jones
as Dancer
Bernie Lenoff
as Dancer
Frances E. Nealy
as Shim Sham Dancer
Mike Anthony Perna
as Street Musician
Jamie Pisano
as Dancer
Van Porter
as Dancer
Nikki Rene
as Dancer
Wynonna Smith
as Dancer
Chance Taylor
as Dancer
Chris Tedesco
as Harry's Band
Garner "Skip" Thomas
as Harry's Band
Dianne Walker
as Shim Sham Dancer
Dorothy Wasserman
as Shim Sham Dancer
Damon Winmon
as Dancer
Pat Zicari
as Street Musician
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Critic Reviews for Tap

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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

Audience Reviews for Tap


A last hurrah for Sammy & his third floor friends. Several takes on tap dancing which makes this a must see for dance fans.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

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

Damon Reed
Damon Reed

Awesome with some of the best Tap Dancers in history. Gregory Hines outdoes himself along with Sammy Davis Jr.

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