"Staying Alive" -- Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah
It was 1983 -- I was a senior in high school and the world was my oyster! It was also a great time for movies and music. Some of the best, all time movies and songs came out in the 70's and early 80's.
Disco was still alive and we saw lots of it in the music stores (yes, you had to drive to town to buy LP's/albums) and in the movie theaters (no rentals or Netflix back then.) Movies like Flashdance, Car Wash, Footloose, Fame and, of course, Staying Alive featured lots of music to go along with the movie.
I'm not here to tell you those movies were epic or that the story lines were fascinating. However, I will tell you that they were exactly the combination of story and music the generation craved. This is proven by the box office successes of the films and the soundtrack sales.
Critics may not have liked them but those of us living in the real world, did -- and we paid our hard earned money to watch and listen.
Staying Alive, 1983
This film is the sequel to the widely popular "Saturday Night Fever". It picks up about 5 years after the first film Tony (John Travolta) is now living in Manhattan and dreams of being a dancer on Broadway. The reality of his life is giving dance lessons and waiting tables while waiting for his big break.
At first glance, it seems that Tony has done some growing up but as soon as we see his girlfriend, we know he hasn't changed his womanizing ways.
The story follows Tony's journey to follow his dreams and the obstacles he encounters along the way. The dancing and music are fabulous and who doesn't love to watch John Travolta Dance?
Staying Alive also has one of my absolute favorite quotes in the world. I laughed so hard the first time (and every time after) I heard it. What do you think?
Let me set the scene:
Tony is being kicked out by the star (a dancer) of a Broadway show, Laura. She tells him to leave and...
Laura: Don't take it personally.
Tony: I have to. I'm the only one here in the room.
A few clips from the movie. The 3rd one is the final "Strut" like only John Travolta can Strut!
Do you like the film Staying Alive?
Sometimes a movie is not about the acting, the story line, or the special effects.
Sometimes, it's about the feelings it evokes. Can you relate to it? Is there a hero to root for? Does it just make you smile when it's over?
That's what Staying Alive does for me. I don't care what some film critic says about it. I care about how it makes me feel.
Regardless, the public spoke and the film grossed almost $65 million dollars with the soundtrack selling over 4 million copies.
The public has spoken!