Staying Alive

July 15th, 1983


Staying Alive

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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.

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 4.0/10 (6,625 voted)

Critic's Score: 17/100

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Stars: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes

Tony Manero tries to make it as a professional dancer on Broadway in this sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Stallone makes a cameo appearance.

Writers: Nik Cohn, Sylvester Stallone

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

Taglines: Tony Manero knows the old days are over - But nobody's gonna tell him he can't feel that good again.

Release Date: 15 July 1983

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Gross: $63,800,000 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Donna Pescow, who starred in Saturday Night Fever, appeared in the audience at Tony's Broadway debut. Her scene was cut.

Crew or equipment visible: During the rehearsal segment, the camera crew is reflected in the mirrors.

Tony Manero: Last time I came over, I almost got brain damaged. You guys party too hard; you ought to be a tag team.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

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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