St. Elmo's Fire 1985

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(70) IMDb 6.3/10

Seven friends, fresh out of Georgetown University, cope with the fears and realities of adulthood while drinking at their favourite hangout, St. Elmo's. Alex and Leslie are career-minded and heading towards marriage. Virginal Wendy only has eyes for wild, would-be rocker Billy-whose wife and child don't prevent him from trying to relive his college days.

Starring:
Rob Lowe,Andrew Mccarthy
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Joel Schumacher
Starring Rob Lowe, Andrew Mccarthy
Supporting actors Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Andie Macdowell
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By sth_Weird on 3 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
This movie is considered as one of the famous 80s "Brat Pack" movies, since it featured some well-known actors and actresses of the 80s "Brat Pack", such as Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez.

However, it is very different from their other movies, so it's wrong to think that if you liked the others, then you'll like St Elmo's Fire, too.

St Elmo's Fire is not a teen movie, it's a movie about young adults who have just left school and who are trying to find their place in the adult's world. It's about different expectations and hopes young adults have, their goals, and how they are trying to achieve them (more or less successfully). By the end of the movie they have all realized that being an adult is not as easy and great as they thought when they left school.

If you watch the movie and expect something like "16 Candles" or "The Breakfast Club", then you might be disappointed because it's not like those movies (on the other hand, if you don't like those movies it doesn't necessarily mean you won't like this one). The content is less funny (even though there are some laughs) but rather sad and mature.

But the movie itself is not a disappointment at all!

It features brilliant actors (which is important because it's mainly a character movie), who play their parts really persuasive (I especially love the interactions of Alec (Judd Nelson), Leslie (Ally Sheedy) and Kevin (Andrew McCarthy)).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.W.hattermann on 3 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
a group of ex graduate students ,start to find that life isn't all it seems and amongst the partying that we all go through,it shows that when they start falling out and leaving to go out on their own path of lives that we all have friends out there we have lost touch with,and that this film no matter what the year now,i was their age going through the biggest recession thatcher (ex priminister) put the uk in one of 4.5 million unemployed ,this is a great film that we all connect with no matter from 18 to 80 ,I recommend this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Elizabeth Ml Clare on 30 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
Wow, first of all I only bought this because it was obviously a well known 80's movie and I was trying to broaden my horizons in terms of film and can I just say that this was fantastic.
I won't give away the story but it is about a group of seven friends who are all college graduates and are fairly wealthy. I was a bit sceptical at first but once the movie got going I understood why it was a classic 80's film. It's funny, moving and got that extra quality that we all look for when needing a good watch!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ShyGirl on 9 Sept. 2000
Format: DVD
I loved this film. Ok I was 8 when it was originally released but I still love it and the whole genre of films from this era. The acting is great particularly by Andrew Mc Carthy and Ally Sheedy. Try watching this film you will enjoy it. And I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I may not be american but being 23 now I fully sympathise with the choices people have to make in life about what's right for them. I don't know if this is meant to teach us a lesson but I think it does it teaches us to look at friendship because sometimes friends can be the best and worst thing in your life. At the risk of sounding like a cheesy video cover I dare you not to enjoy this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Directed by Joel Schumacher and starring some of the notables from the 1980s Brat Pack, St. Elmo's Fire asks the question of what do a group of tight knit pals do now that they have graduated from college? Choosing not to use what made the the best of John Hughes' {who is wrongly associated with this film} films work, ie: winning comedy in amongst the drama, Schumacher attempts to move on from teenager angst to the worry of looming adulthood, but without the comedy execution. Trouble is, is that it, and its cast, is never able to fully break away from the teen angst feel that enshrouds the characters. Adult angst exists, but it comes off as a dilution of similar films of its ilk. The writing is fine enough within its intentions, home truths about love, careers, marriage and various off shoots of adulthood trauma. All get nice little plot strands from which to uncoil themselves. But with some bad cheese acting from the likes of Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez, and that nagging itch that these guys are so unlikeable. St. Elmo's Fire is ultimately an interesting, and honest enough 80s picture that ultimately never fully realises its potential. 5.5/10
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 2001
Format: DVD
A great movie. College-graduates struggling with their dreams for the future. The story in many ways deals with the problem of holding on the friends of your youth as you grow up and take on different interests and paths in life. It's a nostaligic trip back to the 80:s for many of us that were young then. Rob Lowe and Demi Moore makes this a great movie. A cult-classic.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec. 2001
Format: DVD
St Elmo's Fire captured a vibrant moment in the 1980's, but the characters and their problems still resonate with the 'young and confused' of today.
If you want to see a classic film about spreading your wings in the big wide world then this is it.
St Elmo's fire brings together the best collection of young actors from a generation of talent.
Judd Nelson (Breakfast Club, 1985) Andrew McCarthy (Class, 1984), Rob Lowe (Class, 1984),
Ally Sheedy (Breakfast Club, 1985), Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Mare Winningham, Andie Macdowell.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, a very enlightened guy and a great film brain. Watch out for the added commentary on the DVD, it's a really great insight into how the film was made and it's continuing timeless success from 1985 to today.
Mart Owen.
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