Seven friends - Alec, Billy, Jules, Kevin, Kirby, Leslie and Wendy - are trying to navigate through life and their friendships following college graduation. Alec, who aspires to political life, has just shown his true colors by changing his allegiance from Democrat to Republican, which freaks out girlfriend Leslie, who he wants to marry. Budding architect Leslie, on the other hand, has an independent streak. She believes she has to make a name for herself to find out who she is before she can truly commit to another person in marriage. But Leslie and Alec have decided to live together. Because Leslie refuses to marry Alec, he believes that justifies certain behavior. Kirby, who wants to become a lawyer and who pays for his schooling by working as a waiter at their local hangout called St. Elmo's Bar, and struggling writer Kevin are currently roommates. They are on opposite extremes of the romance spectrum. Kirby has just reconnected with Dale Biberman, a slightly older woman he knew ... Written by
In the beginning, the first time they go to the bar, while they are sitting drinking, Demi Moore (Jules) says a line but her mouth is not moving. The line she says is "except I'll have alligator bags", which is a line she says later while they meet Wendy at the homeless shelter for lunch. See more »
Jules, y'know, honey... this isn't real. You know what it is? It's St. Elmo's Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them... there was no fire. There wasn't even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you're making up all of this. We're all going through this. It's our time at the edge.
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How does a Brat-Pack movie wind up on a top ten list alongside
Citizen Kane and Gone With The Wind? Simple: it's real and it works. I've been there, and so has Joel Schumacher and the Pack.
I will never forget seeing this movie for the first time. I was two months out of undergrad school, in a strange town on a new job in a brand new professional career. I went to see it by myself, and during that time the Brat Pack jumped off the screen to connect with me in a way that few movies do. This warm and deeply sympathetic treatment of changes in a young person's life is Hollywood come to life in rare form.
Say what you will about the eighties; I say St. Elmo's is about life, and it's basic concept is timeless. This is a masterful movie, masterfuly crafted by a Director and cast of brilliant artists.
Not to mention the soundtrack...I still get goosebumps when I hear "Man In Motion", even back-to-back on my CD player with "Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D minor". Hey, find what you like and stick with it!
Call it what you will, but it works, for a lot of people! Brat Pack, with all your warts and short-comings, I salute you, I salute US, because you made me one of you in your crowning achievement. Thank you!
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