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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 »
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(138 articles)
User Reviews:
Its not that bad...a comment on the times..... See more (142 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephanie Feury ... Jules' Friend (uncredited)
Karen Starr ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

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:
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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Billy is playing the saxophone in the bar, when he shakes his sweaty head over the woman near the stage he pulls the mouthpiece out of his mouth before the sax music stops.See more »
Quotes:
Wendy:We're really worried about this affair with your boss.
Jules:I don't know why you're both so worried... So, I bop him for a couple of years, get his job when he gets his hands caught in the vault, do a black mink ad, retire in utter disgrace, then write a best seller and be a fabulous host on my own talk show...
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Soundtrack:
INTO THE FIRESee more »

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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Its not that bad...a comment on the times....., 27 May 2007
Author: MarieGabrielle from United States

A few comments here have slammed this movie for being shallow, despite decent performers. Maybe this is not 100% similar to real life. But it does have some parallels, and except for the Judd Neldon character (rather annoying) it is realistic and comedic in some aspects.

Demi Moore as Jules is simply lost in denial borrowing money to keep up an image of success. They are 26 years old and have no clue what is in store. Andrew McCarthy likable and sympathetic. Ally Sheedy, just okay. Rob Lowe is very good as irresponsible Billy, involved with Mare Winningham, the resident unattractive 'old standby' girlfriend.

There are some scenes reminiscent of a frat party. A few scenes with Emilio Estevez, pursuing a pipe-dream romance with Andie McDowell. Basically it addresses recent graduates floundering, attempting different careers and lifestyles, affairs and obsessions. It catches that time period most of us had, when we thought we were so significant in the world, not yet jaded, still trying to find meaning and hope. The Winningham character particularly conveys the aspect of the screenplay. When her father (Martin Balsam) tells her to just get married settle down and have a greeting card franchise (like the rest of her family) No I am committed to my real job, she says as she works as a social worker, still trying to have an affect.

Similar to the later Generation X issues, and the now sense of alienation, everyone goes through similar growing pains, whether 80's materialism, 90's nihilism ('Reality Bites') or today's general alienation and violence. The issues are the same, the culture just manifests them a bit differently. 8/10

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