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Tap

Tap is a surprisingly rich and affecting blend of dance and story that transcends its respectful deference toward the great hoofers of a bygone era to deliver plenty of glowing contemporary entertainment.

Cast:
Gregory Hines Suzzanne Douglas Sammy Davis Jr Savion Glover Joe Morton Terrence McNally

Tap is a surprisingly rich and affecting blend of dance and story that transcends its respectful deference toward the great hoofers of a bygone era to deliver plenty of glowing contemporary entertainment.

Impassioned by the twin personal commitments of writer-director Nick Castle (whose father choreographed Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly) and star Gregory Hines (whose tap career began at five at Harlem’s Apollo Theater), project benefits from a dream cast and crew.

Hines plays Max, an ex-con torn between the high style and fast money of his former career as a jewel thief and the more deeply felt pleasures of tap dance, learned from his dead father. Trying to spark up an old romance with a dance teacher (Suzzanne Douglas), whose father, Lil Mo (Sammy Davis Jr), was his dad’s pal, Max gets pulled unwillingly into the world of the oldtime hoofers, who occupy the exalted third floor of Sonny’s, a dance studio and shabby shrine to the all-but-forgotten form.

Much like blues music, the dancing in this pic seems a heartfelt and exuberant response to urban struggle. Another big asset is pic’s introduction in final dance seg of Tap-Tronics, a blend of tap and electric rock in which dancer’s taps are connected with synthesizers that allow him to make both rhythmic and melodic music.

Tap

Production: Tri-Star. Director Nick Castle; Producer Gary Adelson, Richard Vane; Screenplay Nick Castle; Camera David Gribble; Editor Patrick Kennedy; Music James Newton Howard; Art Director Patricia Norris

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Gregory Hines Suzzanne Douglas Sammy Davis Jr Savion Glover Joe Morton Terrence McNally

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