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St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  28 June 1985 (USA)
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A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.

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Mr. Beamish
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Dale Biberman
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Judith
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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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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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Martin Balsam and Joyce Van Patten play Mr. & Mrs. Beamish. They were actually a real-life husband and wife from 1959 to 1962. See more »

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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 »

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Kirby: Why do they put ice in the urinals?
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IF I TURN YOU AWAY
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Produced by David Foster
Performed by Vikki Moss
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Perhaps One Must Be of a Certain Age....
7 September 2007 | by (Las Vegas, NV, United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps one must be of a certain age to truly appreciate this film. The "self-absorbed" comments seem to spring, in my mind, from older (middle-aged or elderly) viewers, or maybe just from grad students who are frightened that their prof may be reading their dissertation on this film.

In my experience as a 30 year old woman, most young people who are in their twenties are self-absorbed. I think it's a natural and necessary part of thriving in the current United States' culture. I saw this movie in my late teens, and it made a tremendous emotional impact on me. I did not see the characters as shallow, superficial, or selfish, but just as regular people like myself and my friends.

Even now that I have left my twenties, I can go back and still appreciate St. Elmo's Fire; not just for the 80's nostalgia (though that is a big draw, I must admit) but because I perceive the characters as living stories that I can identify with in parts. Especially as a slightly more mature adult, I can look back and say, "Yeah, I remember going through that." or "I knew someone like that five years ago." St. Elmo's Fire will always have a place in my heart for what it represents to my generation, and to the generation that actually came of age during the film's premiere. Maybe one had to grow up in the 80's - whether in childhood or adolescence - to enjoy St. Elmo's Fire.

Okay. So it's not timeless. Who cares? There are some great scenes in this flick and it's a fun watch, even though it always makes me cry.


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