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Encyclopedia > St. Elmo's Fire (movie)

St. Elmo's Fire was a defining movie of the 1980s brat pack genre. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The Brat Pack was a group of young actors and actresses that became famous in the 1980s and frequently appeared in films together. ... A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ...



(no spoilers) The film 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 adulthood.

Main characters

  • Kirby Keger (Emilio Estevez) - unsure about which path to follow in life, he starts the film as a waiter at the "St Elmo's Fire" bar
  • Billy Hixx (Rob Lowe) - perceived as still being the "frat boy" of the group, he is unable (or unwilling) to keep a job
  • Kevin Dolenz (Andrew McCarthy) - a depressed writer, employed as a obituary writer at the start of the film
  • Jules Jacoby (Demi Moore) - despite a career in "international banking", she is seen as the "party girl" of the group
  • Alec Newbary (Judd Nelson) - a ruthless, ambitious yuppie, hoping for a career in politics
  • Leslie Hunter (Ally Sheedy) - Alec's yuppie girlfriend who wants to pursue an unstated career before thinking about marriage and children
  • Wendy Beamish (Mare Winningham) - from a rich family, she is seen as the "innocent" of the group and devotes her life to helping others

The film also features Andie MacDowell as Dale Biberman, the object of Kirby's affections. Emilio Estevez early in his career. ... Rob Lowe (born March 17, 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA) is an American actor who was a member of the Brat Pack. ... Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ... Demi Moore (born Demetria Guynes on November 11, 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico) is an American actress with a trademark husky voice. ... Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an actor/writer born in Portland, Maine. ... Yuppie, short for Young Urban Professional, describes a demographic of people generally between their late twenties and early thirties. ... Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy (born June 13, 1962 in New York City), is an American screen and stage actor, possibly best known for her roles in the Brat Pack films The Breakfast Club and St. ... Mare Winningham is a critically acclaimed performer on stage, television, and occasionally feature films. ... Andie MacDowell Andie MacDowell (born April 21, American actress and former model. ...


The Breakfast Club was another brat pack film released in 1985 also starring Estevez, Nelson and Sheedy. It is noted that 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 (1985) is a quintessential 1980s film written and directed by John Hughes in which a group of teenagers representing different cliques in high school spend a Saturday morning in detention together and come to realize that they are all deeper than their respective stereotypes. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Japanese high school students in uniform High school, or Secondary school, is the last segment of compulsory education in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan (Republic of China) (only junior high school) and the United States. ... A college (Latin collegium) can be the name of any group of colleagues; originally it meant a group of people living together under a common set of rules (con-, together + leg-, law). As a consequence members of colleges were originally styled fellows and still are in some places. ...

The title and subsequent song come from a quote at the climax of the movie: "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." Unfortunately this quote is erroneous in just above every aspect.

  • St. Elmo's fire is a real, documented 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.


  • The theme song was written by Canadian composer David Foster.

See also David Foster (woodchopper) David Foster OC, born 1950 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is a multi Grammy Award winning musician, producer, and composer. ...


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



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