Staying Alive Was Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Staying Alive is the 1983 sequel to Saturday Night Fever, which basically created disco. It starred John Travolta reprising the role of Tony Manero, now grown up and working his life out in the aftermath of the disco craze. It sucked.
Hard to believe, we know.
But it was made by ...
Sylvester Stallone, star of Rocky, Rambo, The Expendables and other movies where Stallone punches/shoots/stabs people in the mouth.
Director's trademark: Glistening muscular dudes in headbands.
Stallone is an interesting guy. Before doing Staying Alive, the man had already done porn, science fiction, sports and action movies, so why should a disco flick be anything special? Because in Stallone's 40-year career, Staying Alive remains the only movie where he did it all -- working as director, producer, writer and actor. Hell, he probably also made the coffee and yelled at himself in the mirror for going over budget. And he did it right after finishing Rocky III and First Blood.
"Can we speed this along? I have polyester swatches to pick."
Staying Alive was actually one of the highest-grossing films of 1983, making enough money to commission a scaled-down statue of Stallone made entirely out of cocaine. But it however performed terribly with the critics, many complaining that the sequel lacked the grittiness and shock of the first movie.
Pictured: Grittiness and shock, apparently.
Considering that just a year before that, Stallone had punched Mr. T unconscious and blown up a gas station, we can see how they would have been disappointed.
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