Gregory Hines plays the ex-convict son of a famed tap-dancer. Taking over his late father's Harlem dance studio, Hines can't shake memories of his childhood, when he was being touted as a dancing prodigy. Challenged to fulfill his destiny by his dad's old cronies--among them such terpsichorean giants as Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde and Harold Nicholas--Hines does his best to avoid lapsing back into a life of crime. The struggle to save Hines' soul is a titanic one, with Hines' girlfriend Suzzanne Douglas tugging at him from one direction and his old burglary partner Joe Morton yanking from the other. The plotline of Tap is merely an excuse to show off some of the most dazzling footwork ever recorded on film. The director is Nick Castle Jr., who like star Gregory Hines is scion of a legendary dancing family. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
The late, great Gregory Hines is surely one of the most charismatic entertainers in history. This film is his perfect vehicle, in a formula as old as movies themselves: a man, faced a good and a bad choice, the good woman who keeps him honest, and his life saved through dance. And, oh, the dancing! Sammy Davis Jr. heads a passel of oldtimers, Hines dazzales throughout, and the very young Savion Glover is already amazing. Suzanne Douglas is beautiful and strong as the love interest. The artistic direction is beautiful, with plenty of moody lighting. The choreography is expertly photographed, a real relief for those of us frustrated by the insane crosscutting in the hoofers' scene in Coppola's "Cotton Club."
While its appeal is universal, this is also a powerful Black pride film. Tap dancing stands for tradition, for love and respect between generations, for culture and redemption.
Final note: don't miss the tribute to Hines, "About Gregory" the Special Features.
Gregory Hines, an exceptional dancer, actor, singer made magic in this movie as we were able to see his sensational moves, style, and grace. The ensemble cast, which will never be together again, makes this movie a movie to watch again and again just so we won't forget what we truely miss.