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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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They thought they'd be friends forever, but forever couldn't last. 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

Martin Balsam and Joyce Van Patten, who played Wendy (Mare Winningham)'s parents Mr. and Mrs. Beamish, were married in real life from 1957 to 1962. See more »

Goofs

When Felicia walks into the bar at the Halloween party, her bow is on the right side of her head. Camera cuts to Alec, then back to Felicia, and her bow is suddenly on the left side of her head. See more »

Quotes

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