St Elmo's Fire

Published April 18, 2022

St Elmo's Fire

Film info

  • Title St Elmo's Fire
  • Director Joel Schumacher
  • Year 1985
  • Run time 1hrs 50m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline The passion burns deep

Seven friends, recent college graduates, are searching for a place in the real world, as they face issues of career and commitment. Leslie and Alex try to save a crumbling romance. Wendy, a shy virgin, hides a love for Billy, a reluctant father/ husband still searching for goals. Kevin is a cynical writer who scorns love until he realises he's in love with his best friend's girl. Kirbo, a law student, obsessively pursues an older woman. The beautiful, neurotic Jules paints a poignant picture of life in the fast lane. Against the backdrop of St. Elmo's, their local hang-out, they save, betray and love one another as only the closes of friends can.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:38 Ah yes, the traditional saxophone-in-the-back-of-an-ambulance scene.
3:59 “I’m a lawyer. Well, I’m a waiter studying to be a lawyer.”
13:47 You can’t bongos to Aretha!
23:55 If you can sing like Karen Carpenter, people will no doubt fall in love with you.
30:45 “Do you ever feel like you’re not accomplishing anything at all?” “I think I’m in touch with that emotion.”
43:29 Wow, that really is a love/hate relationship.
45:21 Those three are like a precursor to Sex and the City!
51:08 Wait, some weird kid came up to her, soaking wet and following her, and said he was obsessed with her so she took him back to her flat?
1:02:47 Shortest engagement ever, didn’t even last the rest of the song.
1:07:51 She is really much too nice to him.
1:14:06 Not on the coffin, thank you.
1:23:45 “No Springsteen leaves this house!”
1:29:01 He has to become a lawyer because then he has to screw up and coach a hockey team.
1:44:24 Houlihan’s Fire would not be such a catchy title.


We’ve had a real hit-and-miss rollercoaster journey with these brat pack films so approached this with some nervousness… mostly drawn to it because the song is brilliant. Actually you don’t hear a lot of the song in this, but thankfully, the movie stands up on its own. I liked it, which was a surprise because the characters are all deeply unlikeable. I can’t believe how creepy Emilio Estevez’s character was being and no one was batting an eyelid. It’s not great from that point of view, but moments of it were good and as a whole it was entertaining.

Rating: 3 / 5

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