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Staying Alive (1983)

PG | | Drama, Music, Romance | 15 July 1983 (USA)
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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Sylvester Stallone

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Nik Cohn (based upon characters created by), Sylvester Stallone | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Tony Manero
Cynthia Rhodes ... Jackie
Finola Hughes ... Laura
Steve Inwood Steve Inwood ... Jesse
Julie Bovasso ... Mrs. Manero
Charles Ward Charles Ward ... Butler
Steve Bickford Steve Bickford ... Sound Technician
Patrick Brady Patrick Brady ... Derelict
Norma Donaldson Norma Donaldson ... Fatima
Jesse Doran Jesse Doran ... Mark
Joyce Hyser ... Linda
Deborah Jenssen Deborah Jenssen ... Margaret
Robert Martini Robert Martini ... Fred
Sarah M. Miles Sarah M. Miles ... Joy (as Sarah Miles)
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Doorman
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Storyline

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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He's back and the fever still burns. One woman needs him. One woman loves him. But Tony Manero has got to follow his dream. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saturday Night Fever II See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,146,143, 17 July 1983

Gross USA:

$64,892,670

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,892,670
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Manero walks past the location of the "2001 Odyssey" disco. It became Spectrum, a gay nightclub, in 1987, and the building was demolished in 2005. Its address was 802 64th Street, Brooklyn, New York. See more »

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

Quotes

Tony Manero: Did you hear the way she talked? All intelligent like.
Jackie: Tony, an accent doesn't make you intelligent. If it did, you'd be Einstein.
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NBC edited just 30 seconds from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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Life Goes On
Performed by The Bee Gees
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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So bad it's great
26 August 2011 | by ELB-6See all my reviews

I would give Staying Alive 1 star for actual goodness, and 10 stars for being in that rare category of movie that is so awful it's great. I will say that John Travolta is good dancer and his character is actually rather well portrayed here. But the film itself: ZOMG. The dance sequences are cheesy as hell. I have almost hurt myself from laughing so hard. It's like everyone in the movie lives in a world where cruise ship shows are considered the apex of entertainment. The script is a knock off of a knock off of a knock off of 42nd Street, with obvious rip-offs of All That Jazz. The choreographer character is straight out of the book of Hollywood clichés. The love triangle is as flimsy and transparent as used Saran wrap. The songs are all ridiculously over-earnest, especially the echo-laden 'Dance Close to the Fire' sequence. But I gotta say: watching this is pure joy. Pure 'oh my god I can't believe I'm watching this' guilty pleasure joy.


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