St. Elmo's Fire

June 28th, 1985


St. Elmo's Fire

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A Group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. Their main problem is that they're all self-centered and obnoxious.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.0/10 (15,106 voted)

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy

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...

Writers: Joel Schumacher, Carl Kurlander

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

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

Release Date: 28 June 1985

Filming Locations: Adams-Morgan, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Opening Weekend: $6,128,157 (USA) (30 June 1985)

Gross: $37,803,872 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (Ontario)

Did You Know?

Andrew McCarthy's character has several witty lines that are lifted directly from Ian Shoales, a fictional pop-culture critic created by Merle Kessler of the Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. Ian Shoales appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered," as well as MTV's The Cutting Edge Happy Hour. The "St. Elmo's Fire" credits give "special thanks" the Duck's Breath Mystery Theater.

Factual errors: 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.

Jules: You break my heart. Then again, you break everyone's heart.

User Review



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. 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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