Staying Alive (1983) (part 2 of 6)

Tony is now on the streets of New York, looking sullen and moody. Of course, that’s how he looks most of the time, but hey, I just report what I see. Tony struts sullenly down to a place called “Fatima’s Danceland”, where he teaches dance classes. Good thing this is not a charm school, because as we’ll soon see, he’s somewhat lacking in that department.

Inside Fatima’s Danceland, Jackie (Cynthia Rhodes) leads an aerobics class. I’m assuming it’s an aerobics class, anyway. Half the women in her class looks about as ready for dance as a one legged man is to compete in an ass kicking contest. Unless the fat lady in the opera had to be cut like granite in 1983, which I sort of doubt.

Jackie notices Tony as he heads upstairs, and she breaks off to ask him what happened. Tony jokingly (though, it’s hard to tell with this doofus) sneers that he turned them down. Jackie asks what really happened, and Fatima herself appears, wondering why Tony is late. Tony smarts off to her, as well. And I have to ask something here. Is it wrong that we’re only five minutes into the movie, and I already want to punch Tony in the face? No? Good, because this will probably come up again.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Staying Alive (1983)

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