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Staying Alive (Widescreen Edition) (1983)

John Travolta , Steve Bickford  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Travolta, Steve Bickford, Patrick Brady, Norma Donaldson, Jesse Doran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXH5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Staying Alive (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Staying Alives takes Saturday Night Fever's Tony Manero out of Brooklyn to Broadway. As a wannabe dancer struggling to make it on the stage, John Travolta is at his sexy, sizzling best. Girl-next-door Cynthia Rhodes (Flashdance, Dirty Dancing) and vampy Finola Hughes (General Hospital, All My Children) compete for Tony's heart. Co-written and directed by superstar Sylvester Stallone, Staying Alive features an electrifying Bee Gees soundtrack and some of the most memorable dance sequences ever staged on screen.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guilty pleasure! October 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Staying Alive is definitely not the best movie ever made but one I continually go back to - mainly for the music. The soundtrack was understandably ignored because Saturday Night Fever was such a masterpiece but the new Bee Gees songs are terrific, Frank Stallone's songs are good and Cynthia Rhodes is wonderful as well. I don't understand why she didn't have a bigger career. She's a great dancer and singer. Finola Hughes has some terrific dance scenes too - especially the one in which John Travolta first sees her. I agree with critics that the storyline is not that great and you do wonder what happened to all of Tony's family and friends. But the movie is worth seeing - just not to be taken too seriously. Definately worth buying the soundtrack. Pay special attention to "Moody Girl" - "Life Goes On" - and "Finding Out the Hard Way"
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars STARS FOR CYNTHIA!!!! July 15, 2001
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Although I tend to agree with most everyone about the storyline, I feel that Cynthia Rhodes, as Jackie, displayed a depth of talent that Stallone and Travolta could only dream of. Her dancing was as hot as the lead's (Finola Hughes) when she helps Travolta prep for the lead. Her singing has emotion and depth, and she displayed great acting ability. (Check out the scene where she walks away from John after he makes a date to meet with her, and then flirts with Finola Hughes as Cynthia walks around the corner. She stops and looks back pensively and without a word shows more emotional range in that look than Travolta does throughout the whole movie.) I agree with the reviewer who wonders why this gorgeous, talented actress has not had more success in the business than she has. Cynthia is the only reason why I watch this movie whenever it comes on.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Staying Awake" December 14, 2001
By C.H.
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Six years after "Saturday Night Fever", Tony Manero is a waiter struggling to make it on Broadway. He lives in a fleabag hotel and does his laundry in the shower. His character has matured, but he still disses the nice girl who adores him (Cynthia Rhoades) while pining for a pompous snot-nose (Finola Hughes). Now viewed as a 1980's camp classic (and a good bad movie), the film suffers from director Stallone's infusion of a "Rocky" formula and a certain blandness - the characters here don't generate half the interest of those in the original film. I actually think some of them, like Tony's dance partner and brother (Karen Lynn Gorney and Martin Shaker) could have been carried over into this movie, as their characters still could have gone places. Travolta has a laughable scene with his mother (Julie Bovasso, the only returning cast member) and the finale - "Satan's Alley" plays like an extended MTV video. Frank Stallone contributes most of the songs (bite my tongue) and The Bee Gees offer a few minor but worthy tunes. A hefty dose of flashy early '80's nostalgia, but not much else.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Warhol Loved It! September 1, 2009
That's right, it's in the Warhol Diaries. Pop-Art Superstar Andy Warhol went to the premiere, and wrote, "I loved it" in his diary. Receiving two Golden Raspberry Awards, and notoriously dubbed as the "worst sequel EVER," over 25 years later, the debate rages on. Even though critics and some fans of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER hated it, it was one of the top grossing films of 1983.

This is one of those flicks that I watch every time they run it on TV. (Now I own a copy on DVD.) Even though I'm biased because I love almost anything 80's, I've always wondered what it is about this flick that makes me want to watch it again and again. (I'm sure I've watched this almost as many times as I've watched SNF.)

1. Like the late Gene Siskel, whose alltime favorite film was SNF (he even bought Travolta's white disco suit at auction), there is the male fantasy aspect of wanting to be the King of The Dance Floor. 2. It's Travolta as Tony Manero. He was cut, well oiled, and could dance like few actors of his generation could. Say what you want about his acting in this (I think he's great), his dancing in this film is amazing. 3. Even though the script is hammy and predictable, the characterization of Manero as the egotistical "p" hound is intact. "I thought I was being sort of charming..." The script is also funny, and has some great oneliners: "I guess I'll have to cancel that brain operation." 4. Two very hot actresses, Cynthia Rhodes (who does her own singing) and Britain's Finola Hughes in tight leotards perform some very sexy super duper slo-mo dance moves. If you appreciate kama sutra paintings, you're gonna love this flick. The routines are extremely sexual. There are a ton of tight butts, legs, and thighs floating thru the shots. Reason enough to give this Five Stars. 5.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does fall short as a Sequel, but it's still Tony Manero February 20, 2005
Sometimes timing is everything for a movie. One would think if you make a sequel to one of the most successful movies ever, "Saturday Night Fever" (complete with its original star John Travolta) and bring in a superstar like Sylvester Stallone to write and direct - it should be primed for an instant hit. However, this 1983 sequel "Staying Alive" was not a commercial success. Some may even deem it a failure. Like most sequels, it does fall short of the original movie. But "Staying Alive" isn't that bad a movie. The problem with "Staying Alive" is it came out on the coattails of the anti-Disco movement. "Saturday Night Fever" epitomized everything about the Disco movement. While "Staying Alive" isn't a movie about the Disco era, it still is associated with it. But I think it still was never given the chance it should have had.

"Staying Alive" continues the story of Tony Manero. In "Saturday Night Fever", John Travolta played Tony, a 19 year old from Bay Ridge Brooklyn - he was in a dead end job going nowhere while dealing with never meeting his family's expectations. However, when Tony went to the local Disco - he was instantly transformed into an icon because of his talent on the dance floor. This talent, combined with Tony's personality gave him almost a royalty status. By the end of "Saturday Night Fever", Tony realizes he needs to take control of his life - thus this sets the stage for "Staying Alive". "Staying Alive" takes place six years later. In this, Tony is now trying to make it as a Professional Dancer in Manhattan. In order to make ends meet, he waits tables and teaches dance class. Tony then gets an opportunity to be a dancer in a Broadway Musical - this eventually turns into a lead opportunity.
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