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St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

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A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.

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Joel Schumacher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jon Cutler ... Howie Krantz
Matthew Laurance ... Ron Dellasandro
Gina Hecht ... Judith
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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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The heat this summer is at Saint Elmo's Fire. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sparks See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,128,157, 30 June 1985

Gross USA:

$37,803,872
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title, "St. Elmo's Fire", is derived from a real life meteorological phenomenon which is mentioned in the movie. It is also known as "St. Elmo's Light". According to website 'Wikipedia', it is "a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms or created by a volcanic eruption)". See more »

Goofs

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Mayan 'Dilbert Cartoon-a-Day' Calendar (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

This Time It Was Really Right
Written by David Foster and Jon Anderson
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Jon Anderson
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Love, loss and yuppiedom in the 80's
26 October 2000 | by mwpressleySee all my reviews

St. Elmos Fire is a look at life of several friends who have just graduated college and are making the transition from frat parties and college football to real world decisions and backing up their degree. Although in hindsight this movie really isn't the best movie, I gave it a ten because at one time I could really relate to the characters sense of trying to redefine who they are. Demi Moore was definitely one of the weaker performances and you want to reach into the screen and smack her around for being such a half-wit snob. The rest of the cast did a really good job. The music from this movie is phenomenal. I think the reason I love this movie despite all its flaws is it makes me put my life in perspective and think about the friends and decisions I have made. Everytime I hear the love theme I can't help but feel sentimental. So all in all I gave it a hesitant 10 not for the performances, script or direction. I gave it a 10 because it hits home.


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