Tap

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  • Drama
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An undemanding backstage romantic melodrama set in contemporary New York, Tap is also a homage to the great black dancers who liberated tap with their exuberant, inventive and personal interpretations pre rock'n'roll. The plot concerns Max (Hines) and his redemption from Ye Traditional Life of Crime through his paternal heritage as a tapper. The twists and turns are entirely predictable, but at least it's better plotted and acted than Dirty Dancing, doesn't attempt to rewrite black cultural history like The Cotton Club, and isn't cluttered with too many subplots as was Fame. Most enjoyment comes from the dance set pieces, notably a 'challenge' in which old-timers like Bunny Briggs, Sammy Davis Jr and the wonderfully grouchy Sandman Sims trade licks with each other and with Max, newly freed from Sing Sing.

Release details

Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Nick Castle
Screenwriter: Nick Castle
Cast: Gregory Hines
Suzzanne Douglas
Sammy Davis Jr
Savion Glover
Joe Morton
Dick Anthony Williams
Sandman Sims
Bunny Briggs
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