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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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Sometimes, no matter what, you can't escape the rhythm. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Gross USA:

$9,114,702

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,114,702
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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 Jimmy Slyde finishes his set during the challenge dance, he winds up on the opposite side of the room from Little Mo and stays there. But when Little Mo reacts to the set-up of Harold Nicholas' jump, Slyde is standing next to him again. 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 »

Alternate Versions

To receive a PG certificate, two uses of 'fuck' were cut from the UK cinema and video releases. These were restored in the 12 rated DVD. See more »

Connections

References Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Challenge
Stop-time piano played by Henry LeTang
Danced by (in order) Arthur Duncan, Bunny Briggs, Jimmy Slyde, Steve Condos,
Harold Nicholas, Howard 'Sandman' Sims, Sammy Davis Jr., and Gregory Hines
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Who cares about the hokey premise?
8 December 2004 | by teeveedubSee all my reviews

If you like tap dancing, this is one of the rare opportunities to see tap legends like Jimmy Slyde, Sandman Sims, Henry LeTang, and Harold Nicholas along with latter-day tap wizards Gregory Hines and Savion Glover and icon Sammy Davis, Jr. Dianne "Lady Di" Walker even has a cameo appearance.

This movie is glued together with a questionable plot and some illogical excuses to tap dance. But who cares? Once these folks are dancing, nothing else matters.

P.S. Look (and listen) for the incomparable Etta James singing in the club scene.


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