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Staying Alive (1983)



Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 20

This sequel to Saturday Night Fever is shockingly embarrassing and unnecessary, trading the original's dramatic depth for a series of uninspired dance sequences.

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 4

This sequel to Saturday Night Fever is shockingly embarrassing and unnecessary, trading the original's dramatic depth for a series of uninspired dance sequences.



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Director Sylvester Stallone proves you really can't go home again in Staying Alive, the absurd sequel to Saturday Night Fever. The story finds Tony Manero (Travolta) six years later working as a waiter in a nightclub while he tries to realize his dreams of dancing on Broadway (what tough street kid from Brooklyn doesn't?) He eventually makes the cut as an extra for "Satan's Alley" (billed as "a musical trip through Hell") and immediately sets his sights on the show's snooty prima-donna star

Oct 8, 2002

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (20) | DVD (9)

The bottom line is that Staying Alive is nowhere as good as its 1977 predecessor, Saturday Night Fever.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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All could be forgiven if it weren't for the soulless overall slickness.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A slick, commercial cinematic jukebox, a series of self-contained song-and-dance sequences that could be cut apart and played forever on MTV -- which is probably what will happen.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A sequel with no understanding of what made its predecessor work.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Tracking Travolta's adventures as he gets to perform on Broadway and falls in and out of love, director Stallone is in his mindless mode when it comes to characterization.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

It all amounts to an embarrassing show of unrestrained, Hollywood-style egomania.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If not quite one of the worst sequels ever made, it's near the top of the list of all-time most disappointing sequels. Writer-director Stallone stupidly attempts to turn Tony Manero into a dancing Rocky.

October 25, 2007

Was this sequel really necessary? Nope.

October 15, 2004

Saturday Night Fever through the eyes of Stallone.

November 13, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

So horrific are the musical sequences in this movie that you'll swear you were having nightmares directed by Satan himself.

August 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
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July 18, 2003
Movie City News

More like staying dead...a monotonous and unnecessary sequel that has all the grace and flow of a greased hog on rollerskates

May 27, 2003 | Comments (3)
Movie Eye

The words 'directed by Sylvester Stallone' say it all.

March 25, 2003 | Comments (2)
Hollywood Bitchslap

This film constantly falls flat on its face.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for Staying Alive

Boring, terrible and the begining of Travolta's decline.
March 25, 2013
Lucas Martins

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March 23, 2013

Super Reviewer

I got bored with this movie so fast, it's not even funny. No one cares about what Tony's boring life is like after all the interesting stuff already happened.
February 15, 2013

Super Reviewer

I actually liked this sequel. Seems like I?m the only one though! I had no idea Sylvester Stallone directed it though. I suppose it's quite similar to Rocky in many ways!
September 28, 2009

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    1. Tony Manero: Last time I came over, I almost got brain damaged. You guys party too hard; you ought to be a tag team.
    – Submitted by Helen O (21 months ago)
    1. Doorman: Are you expected?
    2. Tony Manero: To do what?
    – Submitted by Helen O (21 months ago)
    1. Tony Manero: Did you hear the way she talked? All intelligent like.
    2. Jackie: Tony, an accent doesn't make you intelligent. If it did, you'd be Einstein.
    – Submitted by Helen O (21 months ago)
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