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St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  28 June 1985 (USA)
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A Group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. Their main problem is that they're all self-centered and obnoxious.

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Storyline

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 Huggo

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They thought they'd be friends forever, but forever couldn't last. See more »

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Release Date:

28 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El primer año del resto de nuestras vidas  »

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$37,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Joan Cusack turned down the role of Jules. See more »

Goofs

When Felicia walks into the bar at the Halloween party, her bow is on the right side of her head. Camera cuts to Alec, then back to Felicia, and her bow is suddenly on the left side of her head. See more »

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Billy: It ain't a party till something gets broken.
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Featured in I Love the '80s: 1985 (2002) See more »

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ST. ELMO'S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION)
Written by David Foster and John Parr
Produced by David Foster
Performed by John Parr
Courtesy of Atlantic Records and Phonogram International
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I've Been There, and So Has The Brat Pack
24 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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