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Staying Alive (1983)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  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 challenge yet - succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Inwood ...
Julie Bovasso ...
Charles Ward ...
Steve Bickford ...
Sound Technician
Patrick Brady ...
Norma Donaldson ...
Jesse Doran ...
Deborah Jenssen ...
Robert Martini ...
Sarah M. Miles ...
Joy (as Sarah Miles)
Tony Munafo ...


In this sequel to Saturday Night Fever, former disco king Tony Manero has left Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan. He stays in a cheap hotel and works as a dance instructor and as a waiter at a dance club, trying to succeed as a professional dancer on Broadway. The breakaway from his Brooklyn life, family and friends seems to have matured Tony and refined his personality, represented by his diminished accent and his avoidance of alcohol and profanity. However, certain attitudes have not changed, as with his most recent girlfriend, who's also the singer of a local rock band. Written by Mark J. Popp <mjpopp@cwave.com>

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1980s | broadway | dancer | dance | stage | See All (43) »


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


Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

15 July 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sobreviviendo  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$63,800,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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One of a number of 1980s musicals featuring Cynthia Rhodes the others being Flashdance (1983) and a small role in Xanadu (1980). See more »


When Tony tries out for the second show, he wears number 46. In one quick shot, he wears number 40, his number from the first tryout. See more »


Jackie: You know a woman's career as a dancer is half as long as a man's? So that means I have half as many chances of making it, right?
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Referenced in Spin City: Gabby's Song (1997) See more »


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Not far from over
16 March 1999 | by (Muriaé, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why critics always scorn this film. OK, it doesn't have the magic of its predecessor "Saturday Night Fever", but it works as an "80's point of view" of the original film. The thing is that you should watch this film as a single one, not a 'sequel'. It has nothing to do with "Saturday Night Fever" but the main character Tony Manero (once again played by John Travolta) and his mother (Julie Bovasso) in a brief appearance. Fast forward from 1977 to 1983. Now Tony wants to be a Broadway star and keeps his struggle for a more mature purpose, as he himself is more mature. Manero's "moody girl" here is Laura (Finola Hughes, not so convincing), who also looks down on him. The funniest thing about "Staying Alive" is that it is directed by Sylvester Stallone! (No one remembers...) The soundtrack is one of my favorite, although it didn't received the deserved attention at the time of its release, nor did the movie itself. (I think people were afraid of another 'Bee Gees fever'). After this film, Travolta's career fell out of the spotlight only to be retaken in late 80's with "Look Who's Talking". Summarizing, in my opinion it is a very good movie, but don't expect this to be another "Saturday Night Fever".

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