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Tap
DVD disk
08.22.2006 By: Quigles
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Director:
Nick Castle

Actors:
Gregory Hines
Sammy Davis Jr.
Suzzanne Douglass

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Newly released prisoner Max Washington has a choice to make: either go back to his life of crime and money, or live a peaceful life with the women he once loved and his amazing tap dancing abilities.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
While the plot and style of the film feel dated, TAP still manages to shine through with its very likable leading star (Gregory Hines) and some incredibly entertaining tap dancing scenes. This film is all about rhythm, which is especially prevalent during scenes where the city itself delivers the beat. Whether it's cars driving over a loose metal grate, water dripping, or somebody working on construction, TAP proves there's always music worth dancing to, even if it takes a little observation. Yeah, it sounds cheesy, but trust me - it works.

A not-so-high-point of the film involves the love story, which gets tedious and dull pretty quickly. It's not that the pair doesn't fit well together, because they do - the problem lies within two things: (A.) It's just not that interesting, and (B.) You already know how things are going to end. Another one of the film's problems involves Max's struggle with living his old lifestyle. Points (A.) and (B.) apply here as well. Aside from those slightly time-consuming issues, the movie still manages to be great fun. Tap dancing scenes are abundant and filled with a surprising amount of variety, which makes each segment feel as fresh as the last. Plus, I'm sure big-time fans of tap-dancing will enjoy the flick even more, as it's filled with numerous veteran dancers showing off that they've definitely still "got it". So sure, rock music may have knocked tap dancing off the map, but it still feels alive and well within this movie.
THE EXTRAS
While not filled with extras, there were enough here to take my fancy.

Director's Commentary: Nick Castle delivers a stellar commentary here, explaining all of the interesting ins-and-outs of making TAP. He discusses the story behind him writing the script, issues with the casting, working with Gregory Hines, and plenty more. He is never without something worthwhile to say.

Tap - The Movie (29:16): A basic interview-filled making-of featurette, every now and then spliced in with some footage from the film.

What Tap Is (26:25): This featurette is self-explanatory. Much like all of the special features featured on this DVD, it's filled with interviews.

About Gregory (21:16): Another interview-based extra, this time discussing Gregory Hines and his involvement in the movie.

Old Timers (25:32): The tap-dancing veterans give their piece concerning the film, among other things.

There also 8 dance-movie-related Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
By the end of this film, I was actually considering learning how to tap dance. I kid you not. That's how entertaining this movie's tap sequences are. Unfortunately, the movie can't shirk away with its dated look and feel. Regardless, the movie's still immensely enjoyable, and Gregory Hines does a commendable job of creating a character worth giving a damn about. And man can he dance!
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