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MOVIES - DRAMA
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MYSTIC PIZZA
NEVER ENDING STORY SERIES
ON GOLDEN POND
OUT OF AFRICA
ORDINARY PEOPLE
PINK FLOYD THE WALL
PLACES IN THE HEART
PRETTY WOMAN
PRIZZI'S HONOR
PURPLE RAIN
QUEST FOR FIRE
RAGING BULL
RAIN MAN
RUMBLE FISH
SCARFACE
SHE'S HAVING A BABY
SOPHIE'S CHOICE
STAND BY ME
STARMAN
STAYING ALIVE
STEEL MAGNOLIAS
ST. ELMO'S FIRE
TAPS


St. Elmo's Fire was released in 1985.
 


ST. ELMO'S FIRE
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St. Elmo's Fire was a coming-of-age drama released in 1985 that had a huge cast:  Demi Moore as party girl Jules Van Patten, Rob Lowe as frat boy Billy Hicks, Emilio Estevez as Kirby Keager, Andie MacDowell, as Dale Biberman, Andrew McCarthy as the sullen Kevin Dolenz, Judd Nelson as yuppie Alec Newbury, and Ally Sheedy as Leslie Hunter.  Although the movie is often considered quintessential 80’s based on the 80’s “Brat Pack” cast, it did not receive good reviews.  Regardless of the lackluster reviews, the cast propelled the film into positive financial territory, earning an estimated 27 million dollars in profits.

St. Elmo’s Fire essentially looked at life from a post-college, yuppie perspective.  The characters in the film are recent university graduates who hang out together at a local college bar called St. Elmo’s.  Each friend has his or her own issues that they are trying to deal, which ultimately culminates in a desire to not grow up.  Can you blame them?  Growing up isn’t much fun.  Over a period of time, at different meetings at the bar, we learn about the love lives of each friend, their personality hang ups, and how they all like to sleep with each other.

The name of the movie not only comes from the name of the bar, but also a reference made by Billy (Lowe) to Jules (Moore) about her life troubles being nothing more than an illusion, like the phenomena known as St. Elmo’s fire.  In the end, as the group says their goodbyes, they decide to begin meeting at a new bar, called Houlihan’s, which has fewer college students (an allusion to their burgeoning maturity).

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