Picks and Pans Review: Stompin' at the Savoy
In 1939 four poor young black women (Lynn Whitfield, Vanessa Williams, Jasmine Guy and Vanessa Bell Calloway) share a single room in Harlem. They must endure all manner of trials, including the men in their lives (Mario Van Peebles, Michael Warren, Darnell Williams and John Di Aquino). About the only release they have is jitterbugging at the storied Savoy Ballroom.
Debbie Allen directed this standard gals-with-dreams melodrama, giving it a fatalistic twist. But an attractive cast, rich period detail and good choreography add zest to a dour plot.