Review: ‘Staying Alive’

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

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

When last heard from, John Travolta’s Tony Manero had left Brooklyn for an uncertain future in Manhattan. Now, he’s on the rounds of casting calls and auditions for Broadway dance shows.

He’s also got a comfortable but uncommitted relationship going with fellow struggling dancer and sometime saloon singer Cynthia Rhodes, who loves him a lot. Nevertheless, Travolta doesn’t think twice about her feelings when he spots alluring British dancer Finola Hughes and hooks up with her while winning a background role in a show in which she will be starring.

By close to showtime, Travolta and Hughes loathe each other, and she’s none too pleased when this unknown upstart manages to replace her faltering costar in the male lead of the production. The show, entitled Satan’s Alley, emerges as an opening night smash, and Tony Manero is a success at last.

Staying Alive

Production

Stigwood/Paramount. Director Sylvester Stallone; Producer Robert Stigwood, Sylvester Stallone; Screenplay Sylvester Stallone, Norman Wexler; Camera Nick McLean; Editor Don Zimmerman, Mark Warner; Music The Bee Gees; Art Director Robert F. Boyle

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

John Travolta Cynthia Rhodes Finola Hughes Steve Inwood Julie Bovasso Frank Stallone
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