St. Elmo's Fire

Columbia Pictures Corporation / Delphi IV Productions Released 1985



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Joel Schumacher

St. Elmo's Fire is about a group of recent Georgetown University graduates who are coping with the harsh realities of being thrust into the real world- Kirbo, Billy, Kevin, Leslie, and Wendy. Kirbo dreams of leaving his job as a waiter at St. Elmo's bar and restaurant to become a lawyer, Billy is struggling to keep a job and be a a good husband, but his frat boy ways lead to infidelity, and Kevin is a writer who is searching for the meaning of life, harboring a secret crush on Leslie even though his friends speculate that he might be gay. Party girl Jules leads an extravagant life and has a cocaine habit and is struggling to balance her own finances with supporting her family, Alec is an ambitious Democrat pursuing a political career and living with Leslie, who he wants to marry, but her rejection leads him into the arms of another woman. Leslie, meanwhile, wants to succeed as an architect before she settles down and is having doubts about her relationship, and Wendy, a girl from a wealthy family who is still a virgin, wants to branch out from her family and is in love with Billy, the kind of guy her family would never approve of. The group struggles to sort out their romantic entanglements and future careers as they forge ahead through drug addiction, searching for the meaning of life, and dysfunctional families.



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      • Production budget - $10,000,000
        Domestic gross - $37,803,872 (23rd)

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $86,895,661

      • Music:
        Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire
        Written by David Foster
        Performed by David Foster
        St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
        Written by David Foster and John Parr
        Performed by John Parr
        Shake Down
        Written by Billy Squier
        Performed by Billy Squier
        This Time It Was Really Right
        Written by David Foster and Jon Anderson
        Performed by Jon Anderson
        Saved My Life
        Written by David Foster, Fee Waybill and Steve Lukathe
        Performed by Fee Waybill
        One Love
        Written by David Foster and Bob Rock
        Stressed Out (Close To The Edge)
        Written by David Foster, Jay Graydon, Steve Kipner and Peter Beckett
        Performed by Airplay
        Young And Innocent
        Written by John Elefante and Dino Elefante
        Performed by Elefante
        If I Turn You Away
        Written by David Foster and Richard Marx
        Performed by Vikki Moss
        Into The Fire
        Written by Todd Smallwood
        Performed by Todd Smallwood
        Give Her A Little Drop More
        Written by John Chilton
        Performed by Todd Smallwood
        Written by Otis Redding
        Performed by Aretha Franklin
        (Meet) The Flintstones
        Written by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Hoyt Curtin

      • Filming locations:
        L'Orangerie, Los Angeles, California
        Adams-Morgan, Washington, District of Columbia
        Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia
        The Tombs, Washington, District of Columbia
        University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

      • Taglines:
        1. The passion burns deep.
        2. The heat this summer is at Saint Elmo's Fire.
        3. They thought they'd be friends forever, but forever couldn't last.
        4. You can always count on your friends. Don't ever let the fire go out.

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