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Staying Alive

Director: Sylvester Stallone Run Time: 96 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG Release Year: 1983

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

Saturday Night Fever’s Tony Manero returns in Sylvester Stallone’s curious sequel to the 1977 smash. Years after leaving the disco and confines of his native Brooklyn for Manhattan, Tony finds himself a struggling Broadway dancer by day and eye-candy bartender by night. When Tony gets called to the big time with an audition for Broadway’s hopeful hit, “Satan’s Alley,” he finds himself struggling to control his ego in work and in his complicated love life — juggling the monogamous desires from his supportive dancer girlfriend Jackie (Cynthia Rhodes) and tempting advances from Broadway’s it girl Laura (Finola Hughes). Will Tony make the right moves to stay alive in work and love?

John Trovolta attempted to regain box office glory with his first and last collaboration with megastar Stallone. Working from a script co-written with gritty scriptwriter Norman Wexler, Stallone crafted an unnecessary but wonderful gift of a sequel featuring a herculean-ly bronzed and buffed Travolta, a score helmed by the Bee Gees and Frank Stallone, and a closing act featuring one of the most bonkers musicals ever committed to celluloid.