Staying Alive
Staying Alive (1983)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 15, 1983
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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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.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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People Magazine

It is a movie caught in a time warp: a slick MTV video that celebrates Eisenhower-era morality. For the Staying Alive audience, the problem is staying awake.

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Variety Staff

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

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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

John Ferguson
Radio Times

Not quite a career low for John Travolta -- Two of a Kind was still to come -- but one he nevertheless would probably love to forget.

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Steve Grant
Time Out

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

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

[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.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Boring, terrible and the begining of Travolta's decline.
Lafe Fredbjornson
From the gritty electricity of "Saturday Night Fever" to sweaty Broadway dancing? It just doesn't carry over very well as a sequel. It felt a bit… More
Aj V
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… More
Caesar Mendez
How do you follow up a movie like Saturday Night Fever which captured the spirit of an era so perfectly? I don't know and niether did the people who made… More
Cassandra Maples
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… More
RJ MacReady
Saturday Night Fever is more of a time capsule than a movie. The characters don't so much tell a story as they simply exist in it. It so perfectly… More

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