St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

“She is the only evidence of God I have seen with the exception of the mysterious force that removes one sock from the dryer every time I do my laundry.” – Kirby

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Cable in the 80’s, video, 15 Sep 2000 and 21 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends try to get a handle on real life after graduating from University.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall watching so many times as a teen in the 80’s and early 90’s.

They do a great job of looking at how people transition from college life to the “real world” where they must now begin to deal with real problems of life.

The cast is superb and is filled with a great list of Brat Packers (perhaps this film has the record of the most Brat Packers in it – 7)

The cast do a wonderful job making us care what will happen to each of them in their own individual stories that are intertwined with all of the rest to give us a great overall picture of their lives.

The music in this movie is quite iconic and despite the fact that they keep replaying the theme song in the film by John Parr – Man in Motion over and over, it still is great to listen to.

Check out the video here:

The additional theme music by David Foster that is connected to the song also works really well throughout both with and without lyrics

Check them out here:

Bottom Line – Such an enjoyable look at the way people look at life differently while they are in college and immediate afterwards. Amazing cast of 80’s Brat Packers works quite well here for us to care about what will happen in each of the varying yet intertwined storylines. Music is great even if they keep replaying the song Man in Motion and the connected theme music.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Demi Moore had a drug problem, much like her character when she was cast in the film. One day, director Joel Schumacher actually demanded that she leave the set because she was really high. Moore actually had to go through rehab and promise to stay clean in order to play a character with a drug problem. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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3 thoughts on “St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

  1. This may have set a record for the number of “Brat Packers” in it because…it was the first movie in which they appeared where subsequently – the moniker of “brat packers” was coined to refer to this group of actors. Nice bit of trivia on Demi (I was at the same agency as Demi at the time – and people were still learning the proper pronunciation of her name. The agents were told to repeat the mantra “Demi is small, Da-ME is Moore”. Also – glad this is a favorite of your – I shall pass that information on to my buddy Carl Kurlander – who wrote the script (which is semi-autobiographical based on his youth and a girl he had an unrequited crush on).


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