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St Elmo’s Fire (1985)

A glossy, vacuous offering from director John Schumacher (who also wrote the screenplay, with Carl Kurlander), St Elmo’s Fire was a group drama that followed the comings and goings of a batch of graduates from Georgetown University.

The film served only one purpose – To showcase some of the up-and-coming young stars of the Brat Pack.

Kirby Keger (Emilio Estevez) is a law student in love with Felicia (Jenny Wright), while Billy Hicks (Rob Lowe, pictured at right) is a no-good loser rock musician married to a girl he made pregnant but doesn’t love.


Social-climbing philanderer Alec (Judd Nelson) works for a senator on Capitol Hill and is having a relationship with painter girlfriend-roommate Leslie (Ally Sheedy).

Wendy Beamish (Mare Winningham) is a social worker virgin burdened with over-bearing parents (she’s the daughter of a rich greeting-card tycoon) and is in love with Billy.

Meanwhile, Jules (Demi Moore) is a cocaine-snorting high flyer who is attracted to gang rapes and suicide attempts, and Kevin Dolenz (Andrew McCarthy) is a single, unattached obituary writer who hankers for bigger and better things.

Their individual stories were inter-cut in annoying fragments to little purpose thanks to the feebleness of both script and direction. However, the film found its audience and grossed $37.8 million at the box office.

The movie is exhausting and pointless. Struggling vainly to jazz up a wooden film that stubbornly refuses to come to life, these seven “Brat Pack” members make lively, heroic paramedics, but their patient was dead on arrival.

Billy Hicks
Rob Lowe
Demi Moore
Kevin Dolenz
Andrew McCarthy
Alec Newberry
Judd Nelson
Leslie Hunter
Ally Sheedy
Kirby Keger
Emilio Estevez
Wendy Beamish
Mare Winningham
Mr Beamish
Martin Balsam
Dale Biberman
Andie MacDowell
Howie Krantz
Jon Cutler
Mrs Beamish
Joyce Van Patten
Jenny Wright
Blake Clark
Ron Dellasandro
Matthew Laurance
Gina Hecht

John Schumacher