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St. Elmo's Fire -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Joel Schumacher (written by) &
Carl Kurlander (written by)
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Release Date:
28 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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The passion burns deep. See more »
Plot:
A Group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. Their main problem is that they're all self-centered and obnoxious. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emilio Estevez ... Kirby Keger

Rob Lowe ... Billy Hicks

Andrew McCarthy ... Kevin Dolenz

Demi Moore ... Jules

Judd Nelson ... Alec Newbary

Ally Sheedy ... Leslie Hunter

Mare Winningham ... Wendy Beamish

Martin Balsam ... Mr. Beamish

Andie MacDowell ... Dale Biberman

Joyce Van Patten ... Mrs. Beamish

Jenny Wright ... Felicia

Blake Clark ... Wally
Jon Cutler ... Howie Krantz
Matthew Laurance ... Ron Dellasandro

Gina Hecht ... Judith

Anna Maria Horsford ... Naomi
Patrick Winningham ... 'The New Breed' Band
Andy Scott ... 'The New Breed' Band
Christian Iraberen ... 'The New Breed' Band
Daniel Iribarren ... 'The New Breed' Band
Bennet Bowman ... 'The New Breed' Band
James Carrington ... Guy
Kaaren Lee ... Welfare Woman
Nora Meerbaum ... Myra
Don Moss ... Maitre D'

Whip Hubley ... Felicia's Date
Michele Winding ... Chauffeur

Jim Turner ... Postgrad
Mario Machado ... Kim Sung Ho

Judy Kain ... Woman Banker
Seth Jaffe ... Brother in Law
Jeffrey Lampert ... Brother in Law

Elizabeth Arlen ... Libby
Scott Nemes ... Nephew

Bernadette Birkett ... Rachael
Vincent J. Isaac ... Cop
Dean R. Miller ... Clayton
Jamie Anders ... Tommy Bancroft (as Jamison Anders)
Cindi Dietrich ... Flirt
David Lain Baker ... Jules' Date
Daniel Eden ... Street Tough

Laurel Page ... Nurse
Thom Bierdz ... Rowdy Undergrad
J.T. Solomon ... Hysterical Woman
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Stephanie Feury ... Jules' Friend (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joel Schumacher 
 
Writing credits
Joel Schumacher (written by) &
Carl Kurlander (written by)

Produced by
Bernard Schwartz .... executive producer
Lauren Shuler Donner .... producer (as Lauren Shuler)
Ned Tanen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Foster 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marks 
 
Casting by
Marci Liroff 
Jennifer Shull 
 
Art Direction by
William Sandell 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
Charles Graffeo  (as Charles M. Graffeo)
 
Costume Design by
Susan Becker 
 
Makeup Department
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist: Washington D.C.
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist: Washington D.C. (as B.J. Jiras)
K.G. Ramsey .... hair stylist (as Ramsey)
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Raymond Hartwick .... production manager (as Ray Hartwick)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Daigler .... first assistant director
W. Alexander Ellis .... dga trainee (as Alexander Ellis)
Katterli Frauenfelder .... second assistant director (as Katterli A. Frauenfelder)
 
Art Department
Scott M. Anderson .... props
Ramiro Arrendondo .... swing gang (as Rami Arrendondo)
Donald J. Borum Jr. .... set dresser: Washington D.C.
William Boyd .... property foreman (as Bill Boyd)
Christopher Burian-Mohr .... set designer
Tom Byrd .... labor foreman
William D. Derham .... property gang boss (as William Derham)
Bruce Di Valerio .... construction foreman (as Bruce DiValerio)
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator (as Cal D. DiValerio)
Douglas Forsmith .... swing gang (as Douglas W. Forsmith)
Thomas Gark .... leadman (as Thomas R. Gark)
Gerald Gates Jr. .... paint foreman (as Jerry Gates)
John N. Graffeo .... swing gang (as John Graffeo)
Jim Greenspan .... swing gang
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
Donald Krafft .... leadman (as Donald W. Krafft)
Bob McLing .... swing gang
Albert Morris Jr. .... set dresser: Washington D.C.
William A. Petrotta .... property master
Paul S. Power .... illustrator
Paul S. Power .... storyboard artist
Doug Rosenberger .... location foreman
Anne Sidaris-Reeves .... swing gang (as Anne S. Reeves)
James E. Tocci .... set designer
Warren Williams .... gang boss
Donald F. Winter .... stage foreman (as Don Winter)
 
Sound Department
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Richard Mario Garza .... cable person
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant sound editor (as Leslie Troy Gaulin)
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound editor
David Hawkins .... sound editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... adr editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... adr supervisor
Doc Kane .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Carl Lewis .... adr editor (as Cari Lewis)
Tony Margulies .... foley artist (restored version)
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
David Moritz .... apprentice sound editor
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Bill Wylie .... sound editor (as William J. Wylie)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Clayton R. Marsh .... opticals
 
Stunts
Reid Rondell .... stunt double
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmett Brown .... key grip (as Emmett Allen Brown)
Billy Craft .... lighting operator
Elliot Davis .... camera operator
Jon Fauer .... camera operator: Washington D.C. (as John Fauer)
Rick Fee .... second assistant camera
Bill Fleming .... best boy grip (as William J. Fleming)
Robert E. Gaynor .... dolly grip
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Tim Griffith .... chief lighting technician (as Timothy J. Griffith)
Howard Hagadorn .... grip (as Howard R. Hagadorn)
Jim Hovey .... director of photography: Washington D.C.
Gábor Kövér .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C. (as Gabor Kover)
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
Terry H. Neville .... best boy: studio
Peter Portizo .... best boy electric (as Peter G. Portizo)
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer: Washington D.C. (as Lorey Sebastien)
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Ralph Stiers .... electrician
Joel Stout .... rigging gaffer
Alex Touyarot .... first assistant camera
Thomas D. Wazney .... grip (as Thomas Wazney)
James Woodward Sr. .... gaffer: Washington D.C. (as Jim Woodward Sr.)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck .... costume supervisor: women (as Francine Patrice Jamison)
Violette Jones-Faison .... costumer (as Violette Jones)
James W. Tyson .... costume supervisor: men (as James Tyson)
 
Editorial Department
Jane Schwartz Jaffe .... first assistant editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
Jim Prior .... apprentice editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Christy Richmond .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
David Boruff .... performer: sax solo
David Foster .... music supervisor
Humberto Gatica .... music recording mixer
Jay Graydon .... music arranger
 
Transportation Department
Hayden D. Anglin .... transportation coordinator
Stanley V. Henson Jr. .... transportation
Ron Riner .... transportation co-captain
Paul Youds .... transportation captain
Gilbert Young .... transportation captain: Washington D.C.
 
Other crew
James D. Bissell .... visual consultant (as James Bissell)
Jan Forman Campi .... production auditor assistant: Washington D.C. (as Jan Forman)
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Patricia L. DeShields .... assistant production accountant (as Patricia DeShields)
R. Scott Doran .... production assistant
Chris Earthy .... assistant: David Foster
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Tina Garmaise .... production assistant: Washington D.C. (as Tina Garmaze)
Desmond Giffen .... caterer (as Desmond G. Giffen)
Donna Hart .... secretary: Joel Schumacher
Phyllis Gardner Hirsen .... unit publicist
Lisa Rose Horwitch .... production assistant
Paul Kaplansky .... assistant: Joel Schumacher
Jan Kemper .... script supervisor
Alan Korolowicz .... physical trainer
Karen Kovacevich .... assistant: Lauren Shuler
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Rebecca McCann .... secretary: Joel Schumacher
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant
Mark Moelter .... caterer (as Mark J. Moelter)
Kenny Ortega .... choreographer
Mary Ream .... craft service
Eric Schwab .... location manager (as Eric B. Schwab)
Jackson Sousa .... physical trainer
Mary Vetula .... assistant location manager: Washington D.C.
Michael Wallace .... assistant location manager: Washington D.C. (as Mike Wallace)
Wayne Williams .... chapman crane operator
James Woodward Sr. .... shop steward: Washington D.C. (as Jim Woodward Sr.)
Eric Young .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Kevin J. Zeheb .... production assistant: Washington D.C. (as Kevin Zeheb)
 

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Runtime:
110 min | Canada:108 min (Ontario)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #27681) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Mare Winningham, whose character is Jewish, was raised Roman Catholic and was non-religious at the time she shot this movie. About 20 years after making St. Elmo's Fire (1985), Winningham converted to Judaism.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The film takes place at and around Georgetown University. However, various characters in the film are seen wearing red/white varsity letter jackets, the colors of the University of Maryland, where the campus scenes were filmed. Georgetown's colors are Blue, Gray, and White.See more »
Quotes:
Leslie:I'm sorry, to bother you, here.
Alec:Did you forget, one of your albums?
Leslie:[Didn't answer, Alec's question] It's Jules. After she left, for work this morning, some finance company came. They took away her furniture, her Jeep, everything. I tried to reach her but, I couldn't get through so, I went into her office. She's been pretending, to go to work every day...
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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The only illusion that's worth it…St. Elmo's Fire, 8 April 2007
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

I think Joel Schumacher gets a bad rap. Sure Batman & Robin is possibly the worst movie ever made, and it did kill a multi-million dollar franchise, but is that truly all we think about on the mention of his name? I myself will admit to keeping a stigma of hack whenever Schumacher is talked about, however, along with some decent films of late, his track record in the 80's was full of pure, nostalgic gems. I finally got the opportunity to check out one of my mother's favorite films, St. Elmo's Fire. Made at the height of Brat Pack fame, this film really gets the angst of college graduation and the life of responsibility and work that waits in the future right. While not as quotable or memorable as say The Breakfast Club, Schumacher still is able to take a moment in the youth of society and make something meaningful out of it. Maybe I can relate to it having just graduated from college two years ago, but I think that it would be relevant later on as well. Even if not, it is an accomplishment to last over twenty years and still be relatable to someone in that same position in the present day.

So the film is chock full of stereotypes and clichés, does that make it not true? We have our striver for fame and notoriety at the expense of his ideals, the girlfriend who wants to make a career before settling down as a stay at home mother, the troubled artist who can't leave school behind for a real life, the self-obsessed flirt who would rather self-destruct than ruin the façade she has worked so hard to build, the love-struck indecisive one stalking a past love and changing himself to try and win her over, and the confused souls not quite sure what they want to do with their new independence. We have the drug use, the sleeping around, the comradery, and the heartbreak. Through it all, though, you can really buy into it and see moments in your own life that mirror the events on screen almost perfectly. I think a lot of this has to do with the times and the ability to use actors that are actually the age of the characters they are playing. This is a film about 23 year olds trying to find themselves, and the authenticity of having people that age, going through those things in their real lives, helps the performances to be truthful. Nowadays this would have been changed to a post- high school story with the 18 year olds played by actors 25 or older. It's the vulnerability and the childlike appearance that makes you buy into the story and want to follow it to the end to see if the friendships can remain intact.

The star-filled cast does a great job throughout, and a film like this makes you wonder where these guys have gone. An actress like Ally Sheedy, who had the talent and the looks, pretty much fell off the map once the 80's came to a close. It is her and Andrew McCarthy that really carry the film. He is another that disappeared after Weekend at Bernie's. It is always nice to see this troupe of acting talent and what they were capable of in their prime. Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, and Judd Nelson are all pitch-perfect in their roles along with Mare Winningham playing the friend that is so totally different from everyone else in the group, yet believable because we all have a friend like that. The only weak spot, in my opinion, is Rob Lowe, who at many times seems a bit out of his element as the drunk, party guy cracking jokes and getting into trouble. I don't discount his performances totally, though, because when he has moments of clarity, like when he talks Moore down after her total collapse, he is really excellent.

Everyone goes through a moment of time in his/her life like the characters on screen in St. Elmo's Fire. Schumacher should be given credit for giving us a poignant study into the lives of those souls on the cusp of a new chapter in life and the decisions that need to be made to continue forward without regrets for what is left behind. The dialogue is realistic and it all ends in a conclusion that makes sense in the scheme of the character's evolutions. Your friends will always be there for you, through thick and thin, however, as you grow older, the roles each play in your life changes. Getting older doesn't mean severing ties to the past, but instead a restructuring of it to keep you strong and moving towards the future.

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