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St. Elmo's Fire Details


Post-collegiate angst, '80s style, is the subject of this coming-of-age ensemble piece, which traces the fortunes of a group of Georgetown grads as they enter the real world and grapple with work, infidelity, and adulthood. The most outwardly upscale member of the gang, Jules (Demi Moore), hides a plethora of emotional baggage behind a chic wardrobe, an expensive apartment, a fashionable drug habit, and lots of meaningless casual sex. Her friend Wendy (Mare Winningham) has the opposite problem; a trust-fund baby with body-image issues and little sexual experience, she's hung up on Billy (Rob Lowe), a no-good, sax-playing drunkard who can't face up to his responsibilities in the job market or at home with his wife and young child. Such open infidelity is anathema to Alex (Judd Nelson), who must maintain a sense of propriety even while engaging in compulsive womanizing; after all, the Democrat-turned-Republican's nascent political career requires the sort of picture-perfect relationship he shares with girlfriend Leslie (Ally Sheedy). That doesn't sit too well with tortured writer Kevin (Andrew McCarthy), who toils away at a newspaper job and pines away for the unattainable Leslie. Unrequited love also dogs Kirby (Emilio Estevez), a law-school student whose greatest wish is to romance classy doctor Dale Biberman (Andie MacDowell), who is, alas, way out of his league. Co-written by director Joel Schumacher and his studio intern, Carl Kurlander, St. Elmo's Fire spawned the number one pop hit "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," which was credited to John Parr but co-written by music producer [[Performer~P90215~David Foster~davidfoster]]. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:June 28, 1985


Rob Lowe
as Billy
Demi Moore
as Jules
Andrew McCarthy
as Kevin
Judd Nelson
as Alex
Ally Sheedy
as Leslie
Emilio Estevez
as Kirby
Mare Winningham
as Wendy
Martin Balsam
as Mr. Beamish
Jon Cutler
as Howie Krantz
Joyce Van Patten
as Mrs. Beamish
Andie MacDowell
as Dale Biberman
Jenny Wright
as Felicia
Blake Clark
as Wally
Anna Maria Horsford
as Naomi
Jim Turner
as Postgrad
Vincent J. Isaac
as Cop
Mario Machado
as Kim Sung Ho
Dean Miller
as Clayton
Cindi Dietrich
as Flirt
Daniel Eden
as Street Tough
Daniele Iraberen
as New Breed Band
Elizabeth Arlen
as Libby
Gina Hecht
as Judith
James Carrington
as Guy
Jamison Anders
as Tommy Bancroft
Jeffrey Lampert
as Brother-in-Law No. 2
Jennifer Shull
Judy Kain
as Woman Banker
Kaaren Lee
as Welfare Woman
Laurel Page
as Nurse
Matthew Laurance
as Ron Dellasandro
Michele Winding
as Chauffeur
Nora Meerbaum
as Myra
Patrick Winningham
as New Breed Band
Scott Nemes
as Nephew
Seth Jaffe
as Brother-in-Law No. 1
Bennet Bowman
as New Breed Band
Bernadette Birkett
as Rachel
Whip Hubley
as Felicia's Date


Joel Schumacher
Bernard Schwartz
Ned Tanen
Lauren Shuler
Carl Kurlander
Joel Schumacher
Jim Hovey
Stephen H. Burum
David Foster
Composer (Music Score)
David Foster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Marks
James D. Bissell
Production Designer
William Sandell
Art Director
Bernard Schwartz
Executive Producer
Ned Tanen
Executive Producer
Robert Gould
Set Decorator
Gary Daigler
First Assistant Director
Reid Rondell
Marci Liroff
Ray Hartwick
Production Manager
Jennifer Shull
Jan Kemper
Script Supervisor
Lorey Sebastian
Still Photographer
Wayne Fitzgerald
Title Design
Katterli A. Frauenfelder
Second Assistant Director
Gabor Kover
First Assistant Camera