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St. Elmo's Fire 1985

4.5 out of 5 stars (94) 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:
Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Joel Schumacher
Starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe
Supporting actors Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Mare Winningham, Martin Balsam, Andie MacDowell, Joyce Van Patten, Jenny Wright, Blake Clark, Jon Cutler, Matthew Laurance, Gina Hecht, Anna Maria Horsford, Patrick Winningham, Andy Scott, Christian Iraberen, Daniel Iribarren
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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Where's the cheese gromit fans are jealous and trying to rate bad. Don't be fooled, I've never watched before but I saw a sample on the you tube and it's looks better and more beautiful on the tv, I just think that this film could be cheaper but that doesn't mean that it's not worthy.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As a long-time fan of the 80s bratpack, this has always been one of my favourite movies from that time. It features a host of the bratpackers at their peak - Judd Nelson, Rob Lowe, Andy McCarthy, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy etc. It's such a shame that this is often overlooked in favour of the John Hughes movies. Whilst they're great too, St Elmo's Fire is every bit as good.

Now I already had this movie on DVD and really wasn't sure whether or not to 'upgrade' to the Blu Ray version. I've purchased enough Blu Rays of 80s and 90s movies to know that they tend to go one of two ways - very good transfers, or p1ss-poor/lazy upscale jobs. Finally taking the gamble and purchasing the Blu Ray I have to say it's well worth the upgrade, it's a very good transfer. It's not quite an 'Italian Job' or 'Zulu', but it's certainly better than average. If Zulu and The Italian Job are 10/10s then I'd score the St Elmo's Fire Blu Ray as a 9/10 on picture quality. Colours are vibrant, detail is fine, there was no noticeable noise or artifacting. Audio, you get a 5.1 TrueHD track, which given the great soundtrack this movie has, is very welcome.

Extras-wise, you get (in SD) a commentary by Joel Schumacher, a separate JS retrospective interview, deleted scenes, and the John Parr 'Man in Motion' music video.

All in all - if you're a fan of this movie then this is the best possible version. If you already have it on DVD, is it worth the upgrade? In my opinion, yes. I picked this up for less than a tenner, well worth it.
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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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as i remember,maybe a bit corneir than i remember,i think defo chick flick,at least hubby can say hes seen it lol,good delivery,old classic,dont make films like this anymore,more true,no pretence,ooo and i was a fan of andrew mc carthy and lf you like demi more,get the claws out girls lol
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