Staying Alive

Synopsis: In this sequel to Saturday Night Fever, former disco king Tony Manero has left Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan. He stays in a cheap hotel and works as a dance instructor and as a waiter at a dance club, trying to succeed as a professional dancer on Broadway. The breakaway from his Brooklyn life, family and friends seems to have matured Tony and refined his personality, represented by his diminished accent and his avoidance of alcohol and profanity. However, certain attitudes have not changed, as with his most recent girlfriend, who's also the singer of a local rock band.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Sylvester Stallone
Production: Paramount Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- Come in.|- You nearly broke my face with the door.

I'm giving you my best come-ons|and you try to mangle my face.

- Well, Jimmy, you see...|- Tony!

Whatever. You seem to take pleasure|in treating women as incredibly stupid.

If you're mad at me, I apologise.|I thought I was being charming.

You did try to damage my head.|But the thing is that I...

I amazingly respect your dancing|talent. And your womanhood.

I didn't always respect womanhood,|but since I moved to Manhattan,

I got this new, mature outlook. I don't|smoke, I don't drink, I don't curse.

Anyway, I would like to take you out.

Maybe we could have a drink,|maybe have some dinner. And...

But someplace informal, because|my suits are all being pressed.

Well, thank you|but I have to go home early tonight.

- We're auditioning for the new show.|- Are you in it?

- Definitely. Are you a dancer?|- Yeah, couldn't you tell?

Oh, of course.|Why don't you come by tomorrow?

- I could put in a good word for you.|- No, don't do that. Please.

I really don't need any help|in that department.

- OK.|- Are you sure you can't go out tonight?


Well, if I don't see you any more,

nice meeting you|and being insulted by you.

My pleasure.

- Aren't you coming tomorrow?|- I knew you wanted to see me again.


- Want to eat?|- I got to get to the club.

- Why do you work at that club?|- Extra money.

- There's an audition tomorrow.|- I told you a week ago.

- Really?|- Yeah. You'll audition, won't you?

Why not?|Rejection's a hobby now.

Oh, listen to you!

Small world, isn't it?|Goodnight.

- Goodnight.|- Goodnight. Do you know her?

- Just informally.|- How did you meet her?

She was passing.|I said she was an OK dancer.

You told her she's OK!

- Something to that effect.|- She's a great dancer!

- Whose is the limo?|- I think it belongs to her.

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Nik Cohn

Nik Cohn (also written Nick Cohn) is a British rock journalist, born in London in 1946. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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