|Directed by||Nick Castle|
|Produced by||Gary Adelson (producer)
Fran Saperstein (executive producer)
Richard Vane (producer)
|Written by||Nick Castle|
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Editing by||Patrick Kennedy|
|Distributed by||Tri-Star Pictures|
|Release dates||February 10, 1989|
|Running time||106 minutes|
Max Washington, 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, whose daughter Amy Simms 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.
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 Washington's old hangout, a club patronized by "hoofers", were choreographed by Henry LeTang.
- Gregory Hines as Max
- Sammy Davis, Jr. as Little Mo
- Suzzanne Douglas as Amy
- Joe Morton as Nicky
- Savion Glover as Louis
- Terrence E. McNally as Bob