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Tap (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 10 February 1989 (USA)
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Just released from prison, Max Washington must decide which of his previous professions to return to: burglar or tap dancer.

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Nick Castle

Writer:

Nick Castle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Hines ... Max Washington
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Little Mo
Suzzanne Douglas ... Amy Simms
Savion Glover ... Louis Simms
Terrence E. McNally Terrence E. McNally ... Bob Wythe
Joe Morton ... Nicky
Dick Anthony Williams ... Francis
Bunny Briggs ... Bunny
Steve Condos Steve Condos ... Steve
Arthur Duncan ... Arthur
Pat Rico Pat Rico ... Pat
Howard 'Sandman' Sims Howard 'Sandman' Sims ... Sandman
Jimmy Slyde Jimmy Slyde ... Slim
Harold Nicholas ... Harold
Jane Goldberg Jane Goldberg ... Dancer
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Storyline

Max Washington has just been released from prison after serving time for burglary. He returns to his old hangout, a hoofer club. (Tap dancer club). His old girl friend, Amy, who still works at the club as a Tap instructor, is less than thrilled to see him. Her father, Little Mo, is happy to see him, because he has plans for a show involving Max. In addition, Max's old partners in crime have another job they want him to do. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The heartbeat of a dream has a rhythm all its own. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tap, la danza de dos vidas See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,217,150, 12 February 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,114,702
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Beco Films,TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harold Nicholas and his older brother, Fayard, were The Nicholas Brothers. They can still be seen in old musicals dancing their amazing acrobatic tap. See more »

Goofs

When Little Mo (Sammy Davis Jr.) is talking to Max (Gregory Hines) and first shouts out "Challenge" to the other dancers, he is wearing a white do-rag on his head. As the dancers run up and join him in the dance room, he is suddenly wearing a hat instead. See more »

Quotes

Max Washington: I don't do it like everyone else, remember?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the photograph of Bill Bailey animates to show him backsliding (i.e., moon-walking). See more »

Connections

Features Orchestra Wives (1942) See more »

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Free
Performed on soundtrack background during closing credits by Gwen Guthrie
Written by Dennis Matkosky and Matthew Wilder
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Dancing - Superb; Story - Stinks
21 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

If it wasn't for the fact I've always enjoyed watching a good tap dancer, from Fred Astaire to Bill Robinson to Gene Kelly on here to Gregory Hines, I wouldn't have sat through all 111 minutes of this turkey. That's what the story is - a turkey with a bunch of angry, surly, unlikable characters who are no fun to listen to. The script is not the best, either.

What this REALLY is - and this part I like - is an excuse for Hines and fellow hoofers to strut their stuff. In fact, Hines puts on one of the best exhibitions of tap dancing I have ever seen. What's really fun is to see him and a some old men, former great dancers in their day, all together in a number or two. That's great stuff.

So, if want to enjoy some super dancing, check this out, but if you want a good story, pass it up.


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