Taglines: Sometimes, no matter what, you can’t escape the rhythm.
Max Washington (Gregory Hines), just released from prison after serving time for burglary, is a talented tap dancer. His late father owned a dance studio that is now run by Little Mo (Sammy Davis, Jr.), whose daughter Amy Simms (Suzzanne Douglas) gives lessons to children.
Back on the streets, Max isn’t interested in dancing again but he is interested in seeing Amy, his former girlfriend. A local gangster, Nicky, doesn’t care for Max personally but does try to recruit him to take part in a robbery. Amy has a job as dancer in an upcoming Broadway show and tells its choreographer about Max, hoping to land him a role in the chorus.
Max is reluctant to agree to it, then incensed when he is humiliated during the auditions. Max must decide whether to swallow his pride and dance the way the man wants, or give up his art once and for all and return to a life of crime.
Tap is a 1989 dance drama film written and directed by Nick Castle. It stars Gregory Hines, Suzzanne Douglas, Sammy Davis Jr., Savion Glover, Terrence E. McNally, Joe Morton, Dick Anthony Williams, Bunny Briggs and Steve Condos.
Directed by: Nick Castle
Starring: Gregory Hines, Suzzanne Douglas, Sammy Davis Jr., Savion Glover, Terrence E. McNally, Joe Morton, Dick Anthony Williams, Bunny Briggs, Steve Condos
Screenplay by: Nick Castle
Production Design by: Patricia Norris
Cinematography by: David Gribble
Film Editing by: Patrick Kennedy
Costume Design by: Patricia Norris
Set Decoration by: Leslie Morales, Sonja Roth
Music by: James Newton Howard
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: February 10, 1989