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Staying Alive (1983)

 -  Drama | Music  -  15 July 1983 (USA)
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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.

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Steve Inwood ...
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Deborah Jenssen ...
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Sarah M. Miles ...
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Tony Manero tries to make it as a professional dancer on Broadway in this sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Stallone makes a cameo appearance. Written by Mark J. Popp <mjpopp@cwave.com>

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broadway | dancer | sequel | stage | limousine | See more »

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It's five years later for Tony Manero. The fever still burns! See more »

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15 July 1983 (USA)  »

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Staying Alive  »

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$63,800,000 (USA)
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Donna Pescow, who starred in Saturday Night Fever (1977), appeared in the audience at Tony's Broadway debut. Her scene was cut. See more »

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During the rehearsal segment, the camera crew is reflected in the mirrors. See more »

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Tony Manero: Last time I came over, I almost got brain damaged. You guys party too hard; you ought to be a tag team.
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I'm Never Gonna Give You Up
Performed by Frank Stallone and Cynthia Rhodes
Written by Frank Stallone, Vince DiCola and Joe Esposito (as Joe Bean Esposito)
Produced by Johnny Mandel
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I'm Speechless...
6 May 2000 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

Watching "Staying Alive" will do that to you. A truly perplexing movie it raises all sorts of questions like "Why was this thing made?" and "Why would Travolta do this?" I guess those were pretty lean years for Barbarino, so we should cut him some slack. Now Sylvester Stallone, he should have known better.

"Staying Alive" is the sequel to the hit, and FAR superior movie, "Saturday Night Fever." This film is hardly a sequel people were crying out to see, and it doesn't surprise me in the least that it's a very obscure movie.

Travolta reprises his "Fever" role, as Tony Manero, the big-haired, tight-clothes, bad-accented dancer from Brooklyn. On his own and trying to make it as a dancer, he works his hardest to become a big star. Does he make it? Well you have to watch, and let me tell you it's a riveting ride.

Or not. "Alive" is a terribly funny movie, for all the wrong reasons. The play Tony ends up in is a particular highlight. Called "Satan's Alley," it's a man's descent into hell, full of laser lights, mist, and scantily clad women. This is the first Broadway movie I had heard of that was totally dancing, no singing, speaking, or character development. Kudos to the fact checker for the film, who had obviously seen a lot of Broadway shows. Even "Cats" was more coherent than that piece of crap.

But the real highlight is Travolta himself. As directed by Stallone, he bears more than a passing resemblance to Rambo in almost every scene of consequence. Every single time the guy dances in the movie one of two things happen. Either A) he gets really sweaty and greasy, or B) you get tons of shot of his disgusting package. Those dance pants are WAY too tight.

"Staying Alive" is a bizarre movie. You get the feeling Stallone and the rest of the crew thought they were making an incredible movie. It shows in every self-obsessed frame of this film; it takes itself way too seriously and ends up looking absolutely ridiculous. Recommended for fans of ridiculously poor movies.


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