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Staying Alive (1983)

PG | | Drama, Music, Romance | 15 July 1983 (USA)
Five years later, 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.


Sylvester Stallone


Nik Cohn (based upon characters created by), Sylvester Stallone | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »




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


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 dance-club waiter, trying to succeed as a professional Broadway dancer. Breaking away from his Brooklyn life, family, and friends has matured Tony and refined his personality, represented by his diminished accent and his avoidance of alcohol and profanity. But certain attitudes have not changed, as with his most-recent girlfriend, who sings in a local rock band. Written by Mark J. Popp <mjpopp@cwave.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's five years later, it's another world. It's a new challenge. And this time, it's gonna be a whole different story. See more »


Drama | Music | Romance


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Did You Know?


Sylvester Stallone was briefly under contract with Paramount Pictures for a three-picture deal in the early 80's. This was the first and only film Stallone did under this contract. Other films offered to Stallone by the studio after this film included Beverly Hills Cop (1984), The Cotton Club (1984), The Godfather: Part III (1990), and an unmade action-comedy called Jitterbugs, which would have co-starred him with Dudley Moore. These and other projects from the studio either fell apart or were rejected by Stallone and he was eventually released from his contract by the middle of the decade. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, Tony is dancing wearing layered white and black legwarmers. In the same scene, he is shown wearing layered red and black legwarmers. When the scene ends, he is wearing white and black layered legwarmers again. See more »


Laura: [Spinning Laura by her arms during the show] Tony? Whaddya doin'? Put Me Down!
[Tony hurls her and screams]
Jesse: [Tony abandons the script and does a solo dance in frustration] I didn't tell him to do a solo.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited just 30 seconds from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »


Referenced in Kids Baking Championship: Throwback Eclairs (2017) See more »


Waking Up
Performed by Frank Stallone and Cynthia Rhodes
Written by Frank Stallone, Vince DiCola and Arthur Colatrella
Produced by Frank Stallone
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User Reviews

Good movie!
15 February 2020 | by Eelco_1977See all my reviews

I mainly don't see this as a sequel to "Saturday Night Fever" (1977).

I see it more as a quite enjoyable movie that gives us some insight into the world of professional dancing. "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) certainly was more of a movie that tried (and succeeded in parts in my opinion!) to give us some insight into the nightlife of the late seventies.

Anyhow, I enjoy this movie for what I think it is. It certainly doesn't deserve the negative crap it has gotten throught the years. I give it a 7/10 :)

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Release Date:

15 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saturday Night Fever II See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,146,143, 17 July 1983

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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