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Staying Alive (1983)

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Critic Consensus: 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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This sequel to Saturday Night Fever is set six years after Tony Manero (John Travolta) blew the competition away during a local disco contest. Now he is an aspiring Broadway dancer who finally gets a part in a show. Once there, he discovers that the glamour is but a facade for hours of hard work, and that it has a detrimental effect upon his social life. Sylvester Stallone penned the script and directed while his brother Frank Stallone wrote the soundtrack.

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Cast

John Travolta
as Tony Manero
Julie Bovasso
as Mrs. Manero
Patrick Brady
as Derelict
Pat Brady
as Derelict
Steve Bickford
as Sound Technician
Tony Munafo
as Doorman
Kurtwood Smith
as Choreographer
Nell Alano
as Dancer
Bill Burns
as Dancer
Ben Lokey
as Dancer
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

As always Travolta is urban gorgeous and very charming. The rest of the film is neither.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

All could be forgiven if it weren't for the soulless overall slickness.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A sequel with no understanding of what made its predecessor work.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

[Sylvester Stallone] pours lots of energy but little intelligence into scads of short, sweaty scenes more suited to the rhythms of cable-TV ''rock video'' than to the wide screen.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for Staying Alive

Boring, terrible and the begining of Travolta's decline.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I usually expect sequels to pale in comparison to the original. I have lowered expectations when watching such movies. For instance, one of my favorite movies of the 80s was Karate Kid. The Karate Kid part II, while not nearly as good, was a worthy sequel. Same thing with Rambo, First Blood Part 1 and II, Godfather part 1 and 2, etc... This sequel however was unwatchable. Quite frankly, there was no reason to ever make this movie. Tony Manero's life in the first one was not that interesting. What made the movie "cool" was it capitalized on the disco craze and had up and comer Vinnie Barbarino (ok John Travlota) as the lead. The success of the movie was more about the timing than anything else. So now its six years later and we have Tony Manero back on the big screen, dancing yet again. Problem is, dancing is no longer as cool as it was in the 70s. John Travolta is beginning a decade long downswing of his career, and quite frankly, nobody cares about the character Tony Manero. Nobody left the original Saturday Night Fever saying, "I wonder what happens to Tony Manero". Nobody cared, it was simply a movie about the music and dancing with a marginal plot squeezed in. The plot of Staying Alive is utterly ridiculous: Dance instructor trying to become a "dance pro", while managing dual love interests. All this culminates in a Broadway show that is unwatchable. It was simply a bad movie in the early 80s. Today, its almost comical to watch. I'll give Travlota credit though, many actors would have been exiled after such a catastrophe...he fought his way back to stardom. I have to believe when this comes on cable, he has the ability to laugh at himself.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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