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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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Sylvester Stallone

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

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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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Dance to your own beat. See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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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)

Gross USA:

$64,892,670

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,092,670
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Tony Manero: Don't worry. She's in good hands.
Carl: And what are you, Allstate, pal?
Tony Manero: Yeah, you want disability?
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Devils And Seducers
Performed by Gary Wright
Written by Gary Wright and Dori Wright
Produced and arranged by Gary Wright
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Another example of why the '70's were better than the '80's
15 August 2002 | by saturdazeSee all my reviews

The people who made "Staying Alive" (yes, including you, Sly) made it for all the wrong reasons. For one thing, they probably thought that Travolta's presence alone would guarantee strong box office. After all, that's what happened with the first movie, right? Yes, and no. "Saturday Night Fever" wasn't a hit JUST BECAUSE of Travolta. Think of "Saturday Night Fever" as a pizza: Travolta was the cheese, but of course cheese alone doesn't complete the pizza; there has to be a nice crisp crust, and there has to be a zesty sauce. In the first movie, the crispy crust was the genuinely worthy storyline--a young man uses music/dance to escape his dreary existence; and the zesty sauce was DISCO!!!!!!! In 1977, Disco was on almost everyone's mind; it was the Place To Be. And the filmmakers were shrewd enough to capitalize on that and smart enough to depict it truthfully and respectfully.

Flash forward to 1983, and all "Staying Alive" has to offer is the Cheese. No crust this time, no sauce. No worthwhile storyline, no interesting characters, no reflection of any societal fixation. Let's face it: in 1983, society wasn't going crazy over Broadway dancing. "Staying Alive" has always struck me as a vanity movie, much like a lot of the movies of the 1980's: Let's give the people a Bang For Their Buck. Style over substance.

So that's the main reason why "Staying Alive" didn't stay alive at the box office, or in critics' hearts. Granted, the Cheese in the guise of Travolta is still good. He gives a solid performance and remains true to Tony Manero's character. Plus, I agree with the movie's notion that Manero probably would be an aspiring Broadway dancer 6 years after the events of the first movie--he loves dancing AND show-boating so much.

But that's as good as this movie gets. Most of it is just too ordinary, while the first movie was anything BUT. "Saturday Night Fever" is that cool, funny, exciting, talented kid down the block; "Staying Alive" is that kid's dull, quiet, clueless, ordinary younger brother.


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