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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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Deborah Jenssen ...
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Robert Martini ...
Fred
Sarah M. Miles ...
Joy (as Sarah Miles)
Tony Munafo ...
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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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Dance to your own beat. See more »

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15 July 1983 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$63,800,000 (USA)
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Originally, Paramount wanted Sylvester Stallone to also play the Broadway stage director. He declined, partly because the studio couldn't provide his (then rock-bottom) $2 million rate, but also not to detract from Travolta's performance. He claimed "that is me up there on the screen," so he didn't feel any need to act in the film. See more »

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Tony works as a waiter at the disco. At one point, he gets bumped and drops his tray, which is full of glasses. A beer bottle falls. See more »

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Tony Manero: Don't worry. She's in good hands.
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Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Produced by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb, Karl Richardson and Albhy Galuten
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ONE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD MOVIES EVER MADE
11 July 2001 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

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


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