St. Elmo's Fire ()

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


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Kirby Keger
Billy Hicks
Kevin Dolenz
Alec Newbary
Leslie Hunter
Wendy Beamish
Mr. Beamish
Dale Biberman
Mrs. Beamish
Jon Cutler ...
Howie Krantz
Ron Dellasandro
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 ...
Welfare Woman
Nora Meerbaum ...
Maitre D'
Felicia's Date
Michele Winding ...
Mario Machado ...
Kim Sung Ho
Woman Banker
Brother in Law
Jeffrey Lampert ...
Brother in Law
Scott Nemes ...
Vincent J. Isaac ...
Dean R. Miller ...
Jamie Anders ...
Tommy Bancroft (as Jamison Anders)
Cindi Dietrich ...
Jules' Date
Daniel Eden ...
Street Tough
Rowdy Undergrad
J.T. Solomon ...
Hysterical Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jules' Friend (uncredited)
Richard Patrick ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Richard Patrick ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Karen Starr ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

Joel Schumacher

Written by

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

Music by

David Foster

Cinematography by

Stephen H. Burum ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Richard Marks

Editorial Department

Jane Schwartz Jaffe ... first assistant editor
Bruce Pearson ... color timer
Jim Prior ... apprentice editor
Brian Ralph ... negative cutter
Christy Richmond ... apprentice editor

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 / 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 / adr supervisor
Doc Kane ... re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker ... re-recording mixer
Carl Lewis ... adr editor (as Cari Lewis)
Tony Margulies ... foley artist
Steve Maslow ... 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


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)

Location Management

Eric Schwab ... location manager (as Eric B. Schwab)
Mary Vetula ... assistant location manager: Washington D.C.
Michael Wallace ... assistant location manager: Washington D.C. (as Mike Wallace)
Eric Young ... location manager: Washington D.C.

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

Jim 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
Jackson Sousa ... physical trainer
Wayne Williams ... chapman crane operator
James Woodward Sr. ... shop steward: Washington D.C. (as Jim Woodward Sr.)
Kevin J. Zeheb ... production assistant: Washington D.C. (as Kevin Zeheb)


Ron De Blasio ... special thanks
Ned Shankman ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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 in college who is now a doctor. He is madly in love with her and will do *anything* to impress her. Kevin, on the other hand, doesn't date and states he doesn't believe in love, making his friends speculate that he's a closet homosexual who is secretly in love with Alec. Kevin will eventually open himself up to the one friend who matters the most. Billy, married with a child, is the irresponsible one of the group who would rather sleep around and play the saxophone than face the realities of being an adult with family commitments. He still lives for the memory of his fraternity glory days. Virginal and sheltered Wendy, who comes from a wealthy family, works in a low paying social services job. Her family provides for all her financial needs. She is in love with Billy, who in turn takes advantage of her adoration of him. And most are concerned about Jules, who works in a bank, lives a life of excess in all facets and doesn't have the financial means to live that lifestyle. The question for all seven becomes whether their friendship can survive adult real life. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The passion burns deep. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Real World (United States)
  • Sparks (United States)
  • Saint Elmo's Fire (World-wide, English title)
  • St. Elmo's Fire - Die Leidenschaft brennt tief (Germany)
  • St. Elmo, punto de encuentro (Spain)
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  • 110 min
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Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,128,157, 30 Jun 1985

Did You Know?

Trivia Much like her character, Demi Moore (Jules) had a drug problem when she was cast in the film. One day, director Joel Schumacher actually demanded that she leave the set because she was really high. Moore had to go through rehab and promise to stay clean in order to play a character with a drug problem. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in D.A.R.Y.L./Cocoon/Return to Oz (1985). See more »
Soundtracks Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire See more »
Quotes Billy: Jules, y'know, honey... this isn't real. You know what it is? It's St. Elmo's Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them... there was no fire. There wasn't even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you're making up all of this. We're all going through this. It's our time at the edge.
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