John Travolta has claimed his favorite director to work with was Sylvester Stallone. He said Stallone knew how to make him look the best on screen.

This was one of 1983's most successful films at the box office.

This was the last non-"Rocky" film Sylvester Stallone directed until Rambo (2008).

John Travolta suggested Sylvester Stallone to producer Robert Stigwood after Travolta saw Rocky III (1982) while on vacation in Hawaii. Travolta loved the film, and told Stigwood that if he could pull off sequels that well, he would be the ideal choice for directing this film.

John Travolta originally turned down $10 million to star in the film.

Though Sylvester Stallone has an uncredited cameo in the movie, this is the only movie of his directing filmography where he was not in a lead or supporting role.

Backstage, before the premiere of "Satan's Alley", someone says "Yo Adrian, it's show time".

Under Sylvester Stallone's supervision, John Travolta spent five months doing rigorous training to develop a dancer's physique for this film, losing 20 pounds in the process.

Donna Pescow, who starred in Saturday Night Fever (1977), appeared in the audience at Tony's Broadway debut. Her scene was deleted.

Originally, Paramount wanted Sylvester Stallone to play the Broadway stage director. He declined, partly because the studio couldn't afford his $2 million fee, but also to avoid detracting from Travolta's performance. He claimed "that is me up there on the screen," so he didn't feel any need to act in the film.

A scene between Tony Manero and his father was deleted. Karen Lynn Gorney was going to return as her character from Saturday Night Fever (1977), but those plans were canceled.

This was one of a few 1980s musicals featuring Cynthia Rhodes. The others were Flashdance (1983), a small role in Xanadu (1980), and Dirty Dancing (1987).

The film's title is taken from The Bee Gees song "Stayin' Alive". It was Saturday Night Fever (1977)'s theme song, but in this film it's only heard in the final scene.

Listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in John Wilson's "The Official Razzie® Movie Guide".

Tony Manero wears the same type of black leather jacket that Sylvester Stallone wore in Rocky III (1982), which was also directed by Stallone.

Rated #1 in Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made (2006).

Originally, Nik Cohn wrote the screenplay of a sequel faithfully based on Saturday Night Fever (1977), between 1979 and 1980. However, it was rewritten when Sylvester Stallone joined to the film and served as director in 1982.

Jackie's singing scenes were shot at CBGB.

Years later, Sylvester Stallone said that while the film made money, and he enjoyed working with John Travolta and getting him into shape, he was unhappy with the final product. If he could do it over again, he would make the film much darker and grittier.

Although the film is widely considered a flop, it did well enough financially that Paramount considered having Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta star together in The Godfather: Part III (1990) as their next project. The story reportedly would have had Stallone and Travolta as rival mob leaders caught up in a drug trade war. The idea was eventually canceled when Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, and Al Pacino decided to return for a third installment.

The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list.

Tony Manero walks past the location of the "2001 Odyssey" disco. It became Spectrum, a gay nightclub, in 1987, and the building was demolished in 2005. Its address was 802 64th Street, Brooklyn, New York.

This sequel was made and released six years after Saturday Night Fever (1977), with the story set five years after the events of the first movie.

Sylvester Stallone was briefly under contract with Paramount Pictures for a three-picture deal in the early 80's. This was the first and only film Stallone did under this contract. Other films offered to Stallone by the studio after this film included Beverly Hills Cop (1984), The Cotton Club (1984), The Godfather: Part III (1990), and an unmade action-comedy called Jitterbugs, which would have co-starred him with Dudley Moore. These and other projects from the studio either fell apart or were rejected by Stallone and he was eventually released from his contract by the middle of the decade.

When this film's predecessor Saturday Night Fever was released in 1977, it was released with an R rating and included lots of sexual content, nudity and very strong language. Paramount wanted to attract the film to younger audiences and in March 1979 the film was re-released with a PG rating with language either changed or removed and sexual scenes shortened or removed entirely. Due to the fact Saturday Night Fever did eventually become popular with younger audiences with the release of the PG edited version Paramount and Sylvester Stallone decided to have the sequel be PG to appeal broadly to all audiences.

Several of the other cast members of "Saturday Night Fever" wanted to reprise their roles but, the original plan was scrapped. As a result, Sylvester Stallone focused only on the Tony Monero character.

The movie is directed by Sylvester Stallone. John Travolta was considered for the role of troubled Vietnam veteran John Rambo in First Blood (1982) which Sylvester Stallone was cast.

John Travolta was once touted to star in the film version of A Chorus Line (1985), which was in development around the time.

This is the only Sylvester Stallone directed sequel that was not from a Stallone movie.

The Bee Gees initially had more songs developed for the movie, but after creative differences with star John Travolta, The Bee Gees abruptly left the project. Frank Stallone was brought in at the last minute to provide the remainder of the soundtrack, which Travolta approved.

The name of the Broadway stage production was "Satan's Alley".

Finola Hughes had previously appeared in The Apple (1980), another movie connected with disco.

Director Sylvester Stallone appeared in the original film Saturday Night Fever (1977), in the form of a Rocky (1976) poster in Tony Manero's bedroom.

Richie Sambora: a member of Frank Stallone's band when Tony Manero visits Jackie as she rehearses at the club.

Patrick Swayze: A dancer in white suspenders during the rehearsal for Satan's Alley and the Far From Over montage. He also catches Cynthia Rhodes towards the beginning of the montage.

Frank Stallone: Carl, a rhythm guitarist in the club's band.

Tommy Faragher: standing outside the theater, watching John Travolta strut down the sidewalk.

Sylvester Stallone: Bumping into Tony Manero as he walks down the sidewalk in a crowd. They turn to look at each other for a minute.