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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Self-absorbed? See more (138 total) »

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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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of the bars used in the film was torn down in Washington, DC with several of the cast members in attendance.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dale looks at the photograph taken of her and Kirby, the perspective of the photograph looks as if it was taken by the movie camera (from the profile) rather than from her boyfriend who took the photo, which would be from the front.See more »
Quotes:
Kevin:Never trust a woman who says she isn't angry.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
SAVED MY LIFESee more »

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75 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
Self-absorbed?, 10 August 2001
Author: Jaymay from Los Angeles



St. Elmo's fire has been on constant play on HBO lately. I turned it on the other night and watched the whole thing. Yeah, it was a nostalgia trip (I remember watching it a few times on cable ten years ago) but it also has some decent scenes and it really captures a "moment," both for recent college grads and for those of us who were enchanted by the brat pack in the 80s.

I've been reading other people's reviews; several of them whine about how "self-absorbed" these characters are.

Well...um... duh. Yeah. Most movies are about self-absorbed people. Self-absorbed people are more interesting, because they don't care what other people think: self absorbed people feel deeply, they make huge mistakes, and they're generally fun to watch. Some of the greatest movies of all time are about self-absorbed people: Annie Hall (Alvy Singer), Amadeus (Mozart), Leaving Las Vegas (Nic Cage), Goodfellas (Every single mobster in the movie). Mother Theresa was completely giving, completely SELFLESS, and yet I haven't seen a great movie about her. That's not the point.

I'm not saying St. Elmo's Fire is a classic. I'm just saying, calm down people. Take the movie for what it is, a stylized look into one moment in life, and don't be so preachy about what kinds of characters are "appropriate" to focus on.

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