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Tap

Gregory Hines stars as Maxwell Washington, the son of a famous hoofer, who's torn between following in his father's footsteps and continuing a life of crime. This 1989 dance musical, written and directed by Nick Castle, isn't everything it might have been—the numbers tend to be disappointingly short, often promising more than they deliver—but on the whole it's a respectable revival of a sadly neglected genre (very nicely shot by David Gribble) with a lot of lively tapping (choreographed by Henry Le Tang and Hines). Among the strong secondary cast are Suzzanne Douglas, Savion Glover, Dick Anthony Williams, “Sandman” Sims, and Bunny Briggs, and there's an especially enjoyable turn by Sammy Davis Jr. as Max Washington's mentor Little Mo. 110 min.

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