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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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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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You can always count on your friends. Don't ever let the fire go out. 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:

The Real World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

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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Director Joel Schumacher has said of the film's casting according to the book "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation" (2011) by Susannah Gora, "a lot of people turned down the script . . . the head of [a] major studio called its seven-member cast 'the most loathsome humans he had ever read on the page'." See more »

Goofs

Alec shows up at Kevin's apartment the morning after Kevin and Leslie have sex, and starts talking to him from the living area, unaware that Kevin and Leslie are in the bedroom. Kevin then exits the bedroom wearing a red robe. In the next cut showing Leslie in bed over-hearing the conversation, we see someone wearing a red robe exit the bedroom. See more »

Quotes

Jules: I thought you were taking steps to phase out everything that wasn't working in your life.
Wendy: That doesn't leave much.
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Soundtracks

If I Turn You Away
Written by David Foster and Richard Marx
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Vikki Moss
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Spoiled American Slackers Whine A Lot
21 January 2001 | by TVGirlSee all my reviews

This is a quintessential 80's film. Filled with all the yuppie, self-indulgent longings that we would expect from a 1985 brat-packer movie. I cannot say it is cinematic brilliance, but I guess it is kind of cute in a sophomoric way. Most of the characters are either of weak moral standing, or are hopelessly in love with someone unavailable. Even Wendy- the only one not slacking or immoral is in love with pretty boy Billy- the biggest slacker, womanizer of the bunch. Worth watching just to see what NOT to become after graduating from college.


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