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
Mare Winningham, whose character is Jewish, was raised a Roman Catholic and was non-religious at the time she shot this movie. About twenty years after making St. Elmo's Fire (1985), Winningham converted to Judaism. See more »
In the kitchen, Andrew McCarthy is stirring the vegetables in the pan when Judd Nelson enters carrying a bag under his left arm, Andrew McCarthy asks what's that under your right arm, this should be left arm, but Andrew has asked it from HIS perspective even if it is still Judd's right arm. See more »
You ran out on this relationship, you take the consequences.
I didn't run out on anything. You ran out.
You fucked Kevin.
You fucked many!
Nameless, faceless many.
I feel much better now. Thanks.
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St. Elmos Fire is a look at life of several friends who have just graduated college and are making the transition from frat parties and college football to real world decisions and backing up their degree. Although in hindsight this movie really isn't the best movie, I gave it a ten because at one time I could really relate to the characters sense of trying to redefine who they are. Demi Moore was definitely one of the weaker performances and you want to reach into the screen and smack her around for being such a half-wit snob. The rest of the cast did a really good job. The music from this movie is phenomenal. I think the reason I love this movie despite all its flaws is it makes me put my life in perspective and think about the friends and decisions I have made. Everytime I hear the love theme I can't help but feel sentimental. So all in all I gave it a hesitant 10 not for the performances, script or direction. I gave it a 10 because it hits home.
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