GenreComedy, Drama, Music Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateFebruary 10, 1989 SongsBad Boy CastGregory Hines (Max Washington), Sammy Davis, Jr. (Little Mo), Suzzanne Douglas (Amy Simms), Savion Glover (Louis Simms), Terrence E. McNally (Bob Wythe) Similar moviesPitch Perfect 2, Frozen, Show: A Night In The Life of Matchbox Twenty, Straight Outta Compton, Aladdin, The Jungle Book
TaglineSometimes, no matter what, you can't escape the rhythm.
An ex-con just released from jail, Max Washington (Gregory Hines), is a veteran burglar, but hes also a talented tap dancer. Reuniting with his girlfriend, Amy (Suzzanne Douglas), Max is approached by her father, Little Mo (Sammy Davis Jr.), about a new dance production. Maxs criminal past, in the form of his old buddy, Nicky (Joe Morton), also comes knocking, however, and he must decide between embracing dance and lapsing into his delinquent ways.
Tap is a 1989 drama film written and directed by Nick Castle. It stars Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Max Washington has just been released from prison after serving time for burglary. He returns to his old hangout, a hoofer 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 for him.
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 isnt interested in dancing again but he is interested in seeing Amy, his former girlfriend. A local gangster, Nicky, doesnt 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.
This was the final film appearance of Sammy Davis, Jr. The cast also included Suzzanne Douglas, Savion Glover, Joe Morton, and Terrence E. McNally. The original score was composed by James Newton Howard and the dance routines performed in Washingtons old hangout, a club patronized by "hoofers", were choreographed by Henry LeTang. Also included are cameos, particularly during a challenge sequence, by veteran dancers Arthur Duncan, Bunny Briggs, Howard Sims, Steve Condos, Harold Nicholas, and Jimmy Slyde.