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

My Rolls got towed away.

Don't play, we've got people here.

If I gave you $1,000,000|would you be mad at me?

- Sure!|- You would?

Still? That's a beautiful dress|you've got on.

It is. You know, I can see them...|Sexy.

How about a quarter, as|a down payment on that $1,000,000?

Think I won't keep it?|I will keep it. Believe that.

I know you will take it.

There you go.|One, two, three...

...four, five, six, seven, eight.

One, two, three, four,|five, six, seven, eight.

Two, three, four,|five, six, seven, eight.

Try again from the top.|Come on, you're dancing! You love it!

OK, once again.|Five, six, seven, eight!

Look in the mirrors at yourselves.|You got attitude. You got strength.

Attitude, come on...|Molly, watch your line.

Be proud! You're dancers.|You love dancing.

That's it. We've got potential here.|We've got real potential.

Any messages?

Any messages?

- Hey, Tony, how's your love life?|- All right.

- You know why I order so many drinks?|- You're an alcoholic.

No.|Because I love to watch your walk.

- Oooh, oooh! I like that!|- Great walk.

How are you, Margaret?|Freddie, where's my order?

Coming up.|Some of your groupie friends are here.

- Who?|- Those friends of yours.

- They're acquaintances.|- How about sharing the wealth?

- Am I your booking agent?|- You don't want to share?

I don't need your hand-me-downs.

- Have you got emotional problems?|- You think I need a shrink?

- How late are you working tonight?|- Till three.

- Want to come over?|- Last time, I almost got brain damage.

You party too hard.|You ought to be a tag team.

Good guys are hard to find.

Why don't you try the army?

- Are we on later?|- No, I can't make it.

Why not?

- Lately, I've been career oriented.|- What's that mean?

I don't have time for relationships|right now.

That right?

Well, let me tell you something.

Guys like you aren't relationships,|you're exercise.

- Why do you have to go? It's only six.|- I want to get something going today.

- Don't you want to stay for breakfast?|- No, I'm not hungry.

- What's wrong?|- Nothing.

I just want to get something|going today.

- You will.|- I'll see you later.

- I'll miss you.|- You don't have to say that, Jackie.

I know I don't.

I'm a dancer by nature. I studied|for four years and now I teach.

- But I'm very available for TV work.|- No.

Good day.

Acting roles... I do dramatic parts.|I can do comedy roles.

I'd consider doing a soap opera

or even a roadshow,|a musical of some sort.

I would consider|doing a print ad.

If you're looking for the outdoor type,|I'm good at some sports,

like weightlifting and stickball

and push-ups, and...

If absolutely necessary, I don't mind|doing any kind of extra work.

Except I promised my mother|I'd never do any nudity.

I guess she's afraid|that I might get a cold.

But the fact still is,|I'm a dancer by nature.


Yeah, whatever.

It's like you're invisible.

They make you feel|like you're wasting your time.

What's really weird is that|they all sound like my father used to.

Why be down on yourself?|You know what you can do.

- What about you?|- What about me?

You've been doing choruses|for six years.

Don't you want to do something|that's all you?

- If it happens, good. If not, too bad.|- How could you think that way?

A woman's dancing career|is half as long as a man's.

So I have half as many chances|as you of making it.

- I've got to be real with myself.|- I don't know, I guess so.

Mm... cherry.

- See you later.|- Will you come tonight?

- It's the last show.|- I don't think I can make it.

- Why the excuses?|- What excuses?

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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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