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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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The heat this summer is at Saint Elmo's Fire. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Emilio Estevez (Kirby Keger) and Demi Moore (Jules) began dating during the filming of the movie. He said he was "deeply in love with her." For a time they were even engaged, though they never married. See more »

Goofs

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

Jules: Don't you enjoy anything anymore... like girls?
Kevin: I enjoy being afraid of Russia. It's a harmless fear, but it makes America feel better, Russia gets an inflated sense of national worth from our paranoia. How's that?
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Give Her a Little Drop More
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So Bad, It's Good
4 January 2015 | by marlahumphreysSee all my reviews

This movie is hilarious, and it's not even a comedy!

It follows 7 recent college grads, trying to transition into the real world. The caricatures... er, characters, are:

Billy - the greasy musician who's finding that monogamy and fatherhood are not his thing. Alec - the aspiring politician who's finding monogamy to his fiancée is not his thing. Leslie - Alec's fiancée, who wants to establish a career before marriage. Wendy - the philanthropic virgin in granny duds. Kirby - the waiter pining for a fellow alumna. Kevin - the sensitive writer pining for Leslie. Jules - the "Like A Virgin"-clad, coke-addled mess.

How are these people even friends? What do Leslie and Billy have in common? Or Wendy and anyone else? The only interaction between "Kirbo" and Jules is his requesting her expertise on ordering fine wine to impress a date. More importantly, how did some of these idiots attend Georgetown?

Joel Schumacher may be a fine director, but his dialogue for this age group is highly contrived. Some doozies:

Billy - "Let's Rock!" Alec - "Wasted love!" Leslie & Wendy - " Men... can't live with 'em; can't shoot 'em." Kirby - "Soon as I make it really big, I'm going Fluff-n-Fold." Kevin - "Love is an illusion." Jules - "You were always the couple most likely to couple, and don't you forget it!" Group - "Booga Booga Booga, Ah Ah Ahhh!"

I've watched this movie many times since my teens (when it premiered), and I always laugh, cringe, facepalm, stare in wonderment at the screen as to how such nonsense was even filmed. The ridiculousness of Jules' breakdown near the end, by opening her windows to allow in some cold air, perfectly sums up this masterpiece.

And then the cherry on top: after Billy's departure to hit it big in NYC, the gang decides to convene at Houlihan's the next day, because now they're grown-ups.


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