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St. Elmo's Fire

St. Elmo's Fire theatrical poster
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner
Ned Tanen (executive producer)
Bernard Schwartz (executive producer)
Written by Joel Schumacher
Carl Kurlander
Starring Emilio Estevez
Demi Moore
Andrew McCarthy
Judd Nelson
Mare Winningham
Rob Lowe
Ally Sheedy
Music by David Foster
Cinematography Stephen H. Burum
Editing by Richard Marks
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 28, 1985
Running time 110 min.
Country United States
Language English
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St. Elmo's Fire, is a 1985 coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare Winningham, is one of the defining movies of the Brat Pack genre, and revolves around a group of friends that have just graduated from Georgetown University and their adjustment to their post-university lives and the responsibilities of encroaching adulthood. Image File history File links St_elmo's_fire. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Lauren Shuler Donner (born Cleveland, Ohio on June 23, 1949) is a movie producer who specializes in mainstream in youth and family-oriented entertainment. ... Bernard Schwartz may refer to: Tony Curtis, the actor, born as Bernard Schwartz Bernard L. Schwartz, CEO of Loral Space & Communications Bernard Schwartz, Academy Award–nominated producer of the film Coal Miners Daughter This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Emilio Estévez (born May 12, 1962) is an American actor, director and writer. ... Demi Moore (born November 11, 1962) is an American actress. ... Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ... Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an American actor and writer. ... Mary Megan Winningham (born May 16, 1959) is an American film and television actress. ... Robert Hepler Lowe (born March 17, 1964) is an American actor. ... Alexandra Elizabeth Ally Sheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American screen and stage actress, possibly best known for her roles in the Brat Pack films The Breakfast Club and St. ... For other persons named David Foster, see David Foster (disambiguation). ... Stephen H. Burum is an American cinematographer, and was born on 25 November 1939 in Visalia, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and... For other uses, see Coming of Age (disambiguation). ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Emilio Estévez (born May 12, 1962) is an American actor, director and writer. ... Robert Hepler Lowe (born March 17, 1964) is an American actor. ... Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ... Demi Moore (born November 11, 1962) is an American actress. ... Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an American actor and writer. ... Alexandra Elizabeth Ally Sheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American screen and stage actress, possibly best known for her roles in the Brat Pack films The Breakfast Club and St. ... Mary Megan Winningham (born May 16, 1959) is an American film and television actress. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... The Brat Pack is a group of young actors and actresses who frequently appeared together in teen-oriented films in the 1980s and as well as socializing together off the set. ... A genre [], (French: kind or sort from Greek: γένος (genos)) is a loose set of criteria for a category of literary composition; the term is also used for any other form of art or utterance. ... Georgetown University is an elite private research university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States. ...

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Main characters

  • Kirby Keger (Emilio Estevez) - Known to his friends as "Kirbo." He's a waiter at St. Elmo's Bar with hopes of becoming a lawyer and lives with his former college friend Kevin Dolenz. He has developed an obsession with a woman he met in college after a recent encounter with her, and is willing to do anything to impress her, including changing his career.
  • Billy Hicks (Rob Lowe) - The "frat boy" of the group, he is unable to keep a job but has a great talent for playing the saxophone. At the beginning of the film he is a reluctant husband and father but rarely goes home to sleep. He misses college days and feels lost in the after-college work life. Along with the problems in his marriage, he's a wild guy and a ladies' man.
  • Kevin Dolenz (Andrew McCarthy) - a writer with a sullen streak whom Leslie says "just needs to fall in love." His writing job only allows him to write obituaries, but he's searching for the meaning of life and is working hard towards writing an article about it. He is secretly in love with someone he's known for years. He rooms with his pal Kirby Keger.
  • Jules Jacoby (Demi Moore) - The "party girl" of the group, with an extravagant and wild lifestyle. Jules used to be Leslie Hunter's roommate and is still her best friend. She has a very fancy, highly decorated apartment and works in banking. She loves a good time, but she's also looking for the love she struggled to find growing up; her father is emotionally distant and he's had many wives. She's also feeling a lot of pressures to take care of a family financial issue (her "stepmonster" as she calls her, who was cruel to her as a child, is terminally ill) and to handle her own finances after a crisis happens in her life.
  • Alec Newbury (Judd Nelson) - a ruthless, ambitious yuppie and young Democrat, pursuing a career in politics and desperate to marry Leslie, despite the fact that he cheats on her. Everyone's surprised when he starts working for a Republican senator. At the start of the film, he has just moved in with Leslie and is still fixing their place up. He sees Leslie as someone who can help him get where he wants to go.
  • Leslie Hunter (Ally Sheedy) - Alec's yuppie girlfriend who wants to pursue a career as an architect before marrying and having children. She's a romantic, and also seems to be trying to get more of a sense of who she is before sharing her life completely with a man; possibly in order to not lose her sense of self later. She lives with Alec, but is starting to feel doubts about her relationship with him.
  • Wendy Beamish (Mare Winningham) - a girl from a wealthy family, the "innocent" of the group who devotes her life to helping others. She works in Social Services. Wendy is trying to break away from her family's overprotectiveness, move out on her own, and assert her independence, particularly from her father, who is pressuring her to marry the man of his choice. She, however, is in love with Billy Hicks, whom she knows her father will never consider suitable for her.

The film also features Andie MacDowell as Dale Biberman, a hospital intern and the object of Kirby's attraction. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with St. ... Emilio Estévez (born May 12, 1962) is an American actor, director and writer. ... William Melvin Bill Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian. ... Robert Hepler Lowe (born March 17, 1964) is an American actor. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with St. ... Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with St. ... Demi Moore (born November 11, 1962) is an American actress. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with St. ... Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an American actor and writer. ... Yuppies (young urban professionals, or less commonly young upwardly-mobile professionals[1]) is a market segment whose consumers are characterized as self-reliant, financially secure individualists. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Leslie hunter- thr youngest of the four at 8 years old. ... Alexandra Elizabeth Ally Sheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American screen and stage actress, possibly best known for her roles in the Brat Pack films The Breakfast Club and St. ... Mary Megan Winningham (born May 16, 1959) is an American film and television actress. ... Andie MacDowell (born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell on April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American screen actress. ...


Plot

The film opens with a dream-like montage of the seven main characters, in full graduation uniform, walking along their campus, then quickly cuts to a hospital scene. Billy, while driving with Wendy, has crashed her car. Neither of them are seriously hurt, but her car is destroyed, and Billy is arrested for drunk driving. At the hospital, Kirby sees a medical student named Dale, with whom he has been infatuated since college. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...


The group later meets up at their favorite college hang out, St. Elmo’s Bar. Jules has paid Billy's bail. The group has some light conversation (except Kirby, who works as a waiter) until Wendy tells Leslie in the bathroom that Billy lost the job that Alec helped him get. Alec chastises Billy for losing yet another job, and dunks Billy’s head into a toilet.


Alec (at his and Leslie’s studio apartment), tells Leslie he is trying to get a better-paying job, even though it means switching political parties. He pressures Leslie to marry him, but Leslie isn't convinced that she's ready. Alec then jokingly suggests impregnating Leslie, but then Jules visits, complaining that she will probably have to pay for her stepmother’s funeral, whom she scornfully calls her “step-monster”. Leslie tells Jules about Alec's surprise proposal. Jules stays the night.


Meanwhile, at Kevin and Kirby’s apartment, Kirby tells Kevin of his love for Dale. Kevin feels that “love is an illusion”. Billy later comes over to stay, saying he can’t deal with his wife.


After a shopping trip with the girls, Jules invites Kevin over to her expensively furnished apartment. Kevin is incredulous at its extravagance. Jules asks Kevin why he has never made a pass at her, and accuses him of being gay and in love with Alec. Infuriated, Kevin storms out.


Kirby arrives early at a restaurant to ensure everything his perfect for a date he has arranged with Dale. She arrives, but is immediately called back to the hospital. Meanwhile, Jules is unable to collect her paycheck, having been overdrawn on her salary by two months.


Kevin visits Alec and Leslie for dinner. Alec confesses to Kevin that while buying lingerie for Leslie, he had sex with the lingerie saleswoman. Alec says that if Leslie would marry him, he would be faithful, while Kevin again disdains the whole idea of marriage. Leslie then tries on the red slip Alec bought, and the two end up fooling around noisily, leaving Kevin to cook dinner. Kevin, uncomfortable and annoyed, leaves them be. Kevin then wanders into a shadowy part of town and, in an encounter with a prostitute named Naomi, asks her why she has never tried to solicit him. She responds that she thought he was gay, to which he replies that he is in love with someone, but does not say who.


Jules calls Alec in the middle of the night, saying that she is about to be raped by Arabs. Alec "rescues" Jules, and feeling the need for company and attention, Jules asks Alec to stay with her at her apartment, but he says he can't because he has to work early the next morning. Alec offers to drop her off at home instead because it's late, but she insists on not wanting to be alone that night and wanting to act on her "buzz," so he leaves.


Billy visits Wendy at the welfare office where she works, having lost yet another job. He later has an awkward dinner at her house with her relatives. Wendy borrows more money from her father (to give to Billy), who pressures her to get married. While drunk, Billy climbs onto the roof, and Wendy follows him. They discuss after-college life and also suicide, and Wendy reveals she is a virgin. They later kiss on the couch, but he then tries to put his hand up Wendy's skirt, upsetting her and leading her to tell him they should not see each other anymore. As Billy departs her parents' house, he leaves the money Wendy gave him on the staircase.


During Halloween at St. Elmo’s Bar, Jules reveals to Leslie that she is having an affair with her (married) boss. Kevin gives Alec a key to his apartment because the lingerie salesgirl Alec had previously had sex with is bombarding him with phone calls. Meanwhile, Billy is playing saxophone wildly for the crowd. He sees his wife with another man in the crowd and attacks him. Billy is fired and thrown out of the bar. Outside, he and his wife fight, then kiss.


After the Halloween party, Kevin sees the prostitute again. She tries to pick him up but he says he does not pay for sex.


The girls have lunch at the soup kitchen where Wendy is working. Wendy and Leslie confront Jules over the affair she is having with her boss. She tells them not to worry and quickly leaves. Wendy and Leslie then talk about their relationships. Meanwhile, Billy, who is house-sitting for Mr. Kim, a wealthy Korean businessman, is caught by his boss in his hot-tub with a woman and fired.


In drenching rain, Kirby follows Dale to a house party, and reveals his feelings for her. She tries to rebuff him, but fails. Kirby wrongly believes he simply has to earn more money to earn her affection.


Billy returns to his old frat house at the college, plays ball and asks for a job there, only to find that he has some difficulty being taken seriously. He visits his wife and baby. She says she wants an annulment so she can marry her previous boyfriend. Billy refuses this, promising he will change.


Kirby takes a job working for Mr. Kim. He tries to impress Dale with his wealthy connections, and invites her to a party he is secretly holding at Mr. Kim’s house. At the party, Wendy attends with a bookish-looking man named Howie, and Jules gets drunk. The other girls agree she is out of control. Billy upsets Wendy when he asks if she’s still a virgin.


Alec then “announces” to the gathering that he and Leslie are engaged, upsetting her as she had not consented. She confronts him about his infidelity, and Alec at first plays dumb. Then he realizes Leslie is serious. Enraged, he attacks Kevin, wrongly thinking Kevin had told Leslie about his misbehaviors. Leslie is heartbroken, realizing she wasn't just being paranoid. Alec demands Leslie move out of their apartment immediately, which devastates Leslie.


After the party, Kirby, who had been desperately trying find Dale during the party, confronts Dale’s roommate, demanding to know where Dale is.


Billy and Jules ride home. Jules is about to confide a secret in Billy, but all Billy wants is sex. Jules refuses, and throws him out of her car, where he sees his wife, who had witnessed the entire spectacle.


Pursuing Dale, Kirby drives to the ski lodge where she is staying. The door is answered by a man, and Kirby, realizing it is Dale’s boyfriend, angrily runs back to the car in the freezing cold. He tries to drive away but the car becomes stuck in the snow. Dale and her boyfriend finally convince him to come inside.


Leslie, having been kicked out of her apartment, goes over to Kevin’s place to stay. She discovers a box of photographs of her. While they are both drunk, Kevin confesses his love for her, and they make love several times. The next morning, Alec comes by, using the key Kevin had given him earlier, and apologizes to Kevin for hitting him, and reveals that he wants Leslie back, but doesn't think it's possible. Leslie reveals her presence, wrapped only in an afghan, enraging Alec. In shock and disbelief that his best friend has slept with his former girlfriend, he leaves.


Mr. Kim arrives home, discovering his house strewn with guests and a mess from the party, and demands to know where Kirby is. Wendy, drunk and passed out on the staircase, tells him that he took her car, but doesn't say where. As Kirby prepares to leave Dale’s cottage, Dale tells him she is flattered by his affections. In a surprising moment, he kisses her, and she does not resist. He drives off, laughing hysterically, his fist raised in triumph.


Wendy meets her father at a café. She tells him that the car that Kirby borrowed (and damaged) is fixed, but wants to return it to her father. She also tells him she does not want to marry Howie, the man her parents arranged her to date, and that she wants to move out. Her father remains calm but is unreceptive and appears disappointed.


Leslie goes over to her apartment to pick up her possessions, and is surprised to find Alec there, not at work. They squabble over the record collection, and fight about their affairs. Alec then mutters to himself how he still wants Leslie, but she doesn't hear.


Kevin, who had previously been writing only obituaries, succeeds in publishing a major op-ed about the meaning of life. At Jules' apartment, Leslie and Kevin seem a happy couple for a brief moment, until Kevin asks Leslie to move in with him but she refuses, saying that all that night of passion between them was Leslie trying to move on from Alec and Kevin releasing hidden feelings. At that point, Alec calls her, ready to apologize to Leslie and get back with her. Once Kevin realize that it's Alec calling, he spitefully shouts out loud that he and Leslie are moving in. Mishearing the conversation, Alec wrongly thinks she is moving in with Kevin and hangs up on her. Leslie, upset and tired from the whole experience, asks Kevin to leave.


In the climax of the film, Leslie asks Alec and the others for help. Leslie reveals that Jules was fired weeks ago, but has been pretending to go to work. Having been unable to make the payments, her car and furniture were repossessed. In shock, Jules has locked herself into her apartment with the windows wide open, admitting the freezing winter air. The boys come over to rescue her, climbing on to the fire escape, and try to blow torch the window bars so they can get through. Kirby goes off to find Billy, who now works at a gas station. Kevin tells Alec that he was the one who got Billy the job this time. Enraged, Alec attacks Kevin again, dangling him over the edge of the fire escape, but with Leslie’s intervention, calms down and pulls Kevin back up. Alec, still annoyed, doesn't seem to be concerned about Jules anymore until Leslie, for the first time in their relationship, aggressively tells him to back off. An exhausted Jules finally unlocks her door just as Billy bursts through it. Jules reveals that she is disgusted with her behavior towards her 'step-monster' and that recently for the first time, they shared a real conversation, but then she fell into a coma and isn't expected to be revived. Billy consoles and comforts her, comparing her behavior to St. Elmo’s Fire (that her problems are merely an illusion). She finally laughs, indicating to the others that she is alright.


Wendy moves into her own place, where Billy comes to visit. He says he has finally agreed to divorce his wife, and pays back some of the money he owed Wendy. He also announces he will be moving to New York to go for his dreams and pursue a full time career playing his saxophone. He explains that he'd spent so much time trying to "be like Alec" (meaning being a member of the 9-5 type work world, because it seemed to be expected of him) but it wasn't who he was. His heart has really always been in his music and Wendy of course, who knows him so well, recognizes this as she repeats in the movie, "You're really talented, Billy." He asks her for a "going away present," which turns out to be them making love.


At the bus station, the group says goodbye to Billy as he boards his bus. Billy whispers to Alec 'don't let her go,' motioning to Leslie. The opening montage of the group at graduation appears again, bringing the film full circle. Leslie announces that she needs to be alone for awhile, not dating either Alec or Kevin. Alec and Kevin seem to agree to this and make up as friends. Once their reach St. Elmo's Bar, the group decides to have brunch on Sunday, but not at St' Elmo's Bar because there's 'not so many kids', indicating that they finally are moving on from college life and ready to enter the real world as adults.


Themes

Each of the 7 main characters has their own challenges to face in the movie, and one notable pattern is each character has to reach complete independence and/or maturity in some form or another, some cases more obvious than others, in order to break from their old lives and join the real world. Examples are:

  • Billy Hixx's inability to separate himself from his carefree college days and his inability to hold a job.
  • Kirby Keger's inability to let go of the past and look towards the future.
  • Alec Newbury's self-centered personality and inter-social immaturity.
  • Leslie Hunter's inability to listen to her intuition.
  • Jules Jacoby's intellectual immaturity and lack of sensibility and social control.
  • Kevin Dolenz's lack of emotional maturity.
  • Wendy Beamish's struggle to break away from her parents' tight grip.

Another recurring theme is St. Elmo's Bar in itself. Clearly a college-student hangout, the seven main characters still go there despite having graduated from college life, possibly symbolizing a hard time letting go. This possible metaphor is supported by several scenes happening within the bar. In the opening St. Elmo's Bar scene, Kirby is first pondering his infatuation with an ex-flame, Billy reveals he's lost his first job, Wendy reveals that she is reluctant to give up her crush on Billy, and Alec decides to negotiate switching political parties in order to 'step up.' Later on, during a Halloween party at the club, Billy fights with his wife and is fired. In a short scene towards the end, Kevin and Kirby are walking in front of the bar, dismayed over losing at love, and refuse to go inside, where Alec is sitting, symbolizing a barrier between them.


By the end of the film, when the group decide to go somewhere else to dine rather than the bar, it symbolizes that the group has overcome their challenges and are ready to face the real world as adults.


Notes

The Breakfast Club is another 1985 film starring Estevez, Nelson, and Sheedy. In The Breakfast Club, these actors play high school students, while in the same year they play college graduates in St. Elmo's Fire. The Breakfast Club is a 1985 teen film widely considered as the definitive work in the genre. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... College (Latin collegium) is a term most often used today to denote an educational institution. ...


The title and subsequent song come from a quote at the climax of the movie, when Billy is comforting Jules: "It's St. Elmo's Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them... there was no fire. There wasn't even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you're making up all of this. We're all going through this. It's our time at the edge."



Billy's statement is incorrect, in that:

  • St. Elmo's fire is real, although it is indeed not fire, but an electrical phenomenon.
  • St. Elmo's fire didn't appear in the sky; rather it gathered around the masts of the ship, thus making it impossible to chart a course by.
  • "St. Elmo" was a nickname for Saint Erasmus of Formiae, the patron saint of sailors—a very real person.

St. ... For other uses, see Fire (disambiguation). ... Saint Erasmus of Formiae is a Christian saint and martyr who died 303, also known as Saint Elmo. ... Saint Quentin is the patron saint of locksmiths and is also invoked against coughs and sneezes. ...

Soundtrack

  • The theme song, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)", was written by Canadian composer David Foster and performed by John Parr. This hit song was written for the Canadian athlete Rick Hansen, who at the time was going around the world in his wheelchair to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries. His journey was called the "Man in Motion Tour." The lyrics do relate though to the characters in the movie moving out into a new and exciting, yet a little scary, time in their lives. The analogy of the light or the fire works, in that they're looking for guidance into the unknown, and that a new 'fire' is raging inside of them, of who they're discovering themselves to be. The song "Give Her A Little Drop More," which plays during the movie when they enter St. Elmo's Bar & Restaurant, was written by British jazz trumpeter John Chilton.

St. ... For other persons named David Foster, see David Foster (disambiguation). ... John Parr (born November 18, 1954, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire) is an English musician. ... // Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Hansen grew up in Williams Lake, British Columbia. ... The Spinal cord nested in the vertebral column. ... John James Chilton (born: 16 July 1932 in London, England) is a British jazz trumpeter and writer. ...

Locations

  • The fictional St. Elmo's Bar was built on a Hollywood soundstage. St. Elmo's Bar was based on the infamous Georgetown watering hole The Tombs (1226 36th St. NW). However, for the exterior shots, another Georgetown bar called Third Edition (1218 Wisconsin Avenue) was used.
  • Although Georgetown University has fraternal organizations, the Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi was established in 1921, it never had any fraternity or sorority houses. The scenes on campus were filmed at the University of Maryland. In the background people can be seen wearing red and white jackets. Those are the colors of University of Maryland. Georgetown's colors are blue and gray.

Georgetown University is an elite private research university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ...

Trivia

  • Andrew McCarthy took up smoking cigarettes for his role and wasn't able to quit the habit until 1995
  • Mare Winningham played a virgin in this film while she was pregnant.
  • Rob Lowe won a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for this film.
  • Emilio Estevez had already been a father for a year (he had a son, Taylor Levi, with girlfriend Carey Salley) when this film came out.
  • Demi Moore and Emilio Estevez would later go on to starring in Wisdom together, and later on would date.
  • Andrew McCarthy's character has several witty lines that are lifted directly from Ian Shoales, a fictional pop-culture critic created by Merle Kessler of the Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. Ian Shoales appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered," as well as MTV's "The Cutting Edge" (1983). The "St. Elmo's Fire" credits give "special thanks" the Duck's Breath Mystery Theater
  • Singer John Parr, who co-wrote and sung the title song "St. Elmo's Fire" for the soundtrack, explained during a speech at the Children's choice awards in Sheffield that he was "not particularly thrilled" to be working on the film and that, motivation for the song actually came from a young man, Rick Hansen, who had recently become paralyzed. He said that "the wheels" of the Man in Motion referenced in the lyrics was popularly thought to mean the wheels of Demi Moore's jeep, but actually refers instead to those of a wheelchair.
  • The "booga-booga" chant the cast cheers several times throughout the film wasn't scripted. Rob Lowe stated in a later interview that a few of the cast members had noticed fans whispering about the cast members and then laughing. The stars developed the chant as a way of making fun of what this fan behavior sounded like from a few feet away. Joel Schumacher liked what he saw and decided to incorporate it into the film as an example of the genuine cameraderie the cast members had.

Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ... Mary Megan Winningham (born May 16, 1959) is an American film and television actress. ... Robert Hepler Lowe (born March 17, 1964) is an American actor. ... The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... Emilio Estévez (born May 12, 1962) is an American actor, director and writer. ... Demi Moore (born November 11, 1962) is an American actress. ... For the 1986 American crime film, see Wisdom (film). ... All Things Considered (ATC), is a news radio program in the United States, broadcast on the National Public Radio network. ... Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre was a comedy team best known for their radio sketches broadcast on National Public Radio. ... John Parr (born November 18, 1954, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire) is an English musician. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... // Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Hansen grew up in Williams Lake, British Columbia. ... Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. ... Bowling for Soup is an American Grammy nominated, comedy influenced pop punk band who originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994. ... This article is about the year. ...

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