Staying Alive

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Plot

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet – making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 4.0/10 (6,625 voted)

Critic's Score: 17/100

Director:
Sylvester Stallone

Stars: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes

Storyline
Tony Manero tries to make it as a professional dancer on Broadway in this sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Stallone makes a cameo appearance.

Writers: Nik Cohn, Sylvester Stallone

Cast:

John Travolta

Tony Manero


Cynthia Rhodes

Jackie


Finola Hughes

Laura


Steve Inwood

Jesse


Julie Bovasso

Mrs. Manero


Charles Ward

Butler


Steve Bickford

Sound Technician


Patrick Brady

Derelict


Norma Donaldson

Fatima


Jesse Doran

Mark


Joyce Hyser

Linda


Deborah Jenssen

Margaret


Robert Martini

Fred


Sarah M. Miles

Joy

(as Sarah Miles)


Tony Munafo

Doorman

Taglines:
Tony Manero knows the old days are over – But nobody's gonna tell him he can't feel that good again.

Release Date: 15 July 1983

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Gross: $63,800,000
(USA)



Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Trivia:

Donna Pescow, who starred in
Saturday Night Fever, appeared in the audience at Tony's Broadway debut. Her scene was cut.

Goofs:

Crew or equipment visible:
During the rehearsal segment, the camera crew is reflected in the mirrors.

Quotes:

Tony Manero:
Last time I came over, I almost got brain damaged. You guys party too hard; you ought to be a tag team.



User Review

ONE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD MOVIES EVER MADE

Rating: 10/10

Sylvester Stallone's "Staying Alive" is one of the most misunderstood movies
ever made. It is the sequel to the very popular "Saturday Night Fever".
However, "Staying Alive" is often pegged as a turkey in comparison to the
first film. That is very unfair.

I wonder whether critics have anything against the film or Stallone himself.
Stallone had established himself as a very capable director with "Paradise
Alley" in 1978 and "Rocky II" in 1979 and "Rocky III" in 1982. But they seem
unwilling to lay off Stallone and his many talents.
I think he does an excellent job continuing the story of Tony Manero (played
again by John Travolta).

If you love dance, you will love this film. Stallone uses his camera
extremely well to capture the nuances of dance itself. There is one very
strong sequence in which Tony and his on-again, off-again girlfriend
practice for a Broadway musical that takes up about 12 minutes and is just
exhilarating.

The story is also very good here. Tony is now a professional dance
instructor in Manhattan who has a chance to get a part in the hottest new
Broadway musical out there "Satan's Alley". Tony finds himself torn between
two women and Stallone asks a lot of tough questions about relationships
here that a harebrained movie wouldn't even touch.

Travolta is again on target here as Tony Manero. A lesser actor wouldn't
even touch material as tricky as this, but Travolta takes the risks and it
pays off. The music (by the Bee Gees and Frank Stallone) is excellent and
fulfills the same purpose music did in the original.

"Staying Alive" probably won't ever receive the recognition it deserves. For
those of you wondering, I am not being paid by Paramount to say this. My
opinions CAN'T and NEVER WILL BE bought. I genuinely feel that this is an
exceptional film and that it deserves better than it has received over the
years.

**** out of 4 stars