St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

R | 110 mins | Drama | 28 June 1985

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HISTORY

End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special thanks to Ned Shankman and Ron DeBlasio,” and, “Special thanks to Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre.”
       According to the 26 Jun 1985 Var, hundreds of young actors were seen for the seven leading roles, and despite their future successes, four of the cast were unknown at the time and were required to do screen-tests for the nearly $10 million picture.
       Principal photography began 15 Oct 1984, with locations in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, CA., according to the 16 Oct 1984 HR. Production notes in AMPAS library files report specific locations in the Washington D.C. neighborhoods of Georgetown and Adams-Morgan, Burbank Studiosdios in Los Angeles, CA, and Truckee, NV., to film snow scenes.
       The 26 Jun 1985 Var announced the release date was moved up from late summer 1985 to 28 Jun 1985, in order to compete in the prime summer market.
       An article in the 14 Aug 2009 TV Guide announced that television network ABC planned to adapt St. Elmo's Fire into an hour-long series following six Georgetown University graduates who gather at "St. Elmo's Bar & Grill." Joel Schumacher was attached to produce a teleplay written by Dan Bucatinsky, starring Bucatinsky, Topher Grace, and Jamie Tarses. As of the writing of this note, the series has not been ... More Less

End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special thanks to Ned Shankman and Ron DeBlasio,” and, “Special thanks to Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre.”
       According to the 26 Jun 1985 Var, hundreds of young actors were seen for the seven leading roles, and despite their future successes, four of the cast were unknown at the time and were required to do screen-tests for the nearly $10 million picture.
       Principal photography began 15 Oct 1984, with locations in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, CA., according to the 16 Oct 1984 HR. Production notes in AMPAS library files report specific locations in the Washington D.C. neighborhoods of Georgetown and Adams-Morgan, Burbank Studiosdios in Los Angeles, CA, and Truckee, NV., to film snow scenes.
       The 26 Jun 1985 Var announced the release date was moved up from late summer 1985 to 28 Jun 1985, in order to compete in the prime summer market.
       An article in the 14 Aug 2009 TV Guide announced that television network ABC planned to adapt St. Elmo's Fire into an hour-long series following six Georgetown University graduates who gather at "St. Elmo's Bar & Grill." Joel Schumacher was attached to produce a teleplay written by Dan Bucatinsky, starring Bucatinsky, Topher Grace, and Jamie Tarses. As of the writing of this note, the series has not been produced. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Dec 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 1985
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
28 Jun 1985
Section F, p. 1, 11.
New York Times
28 Jun 1985
p. 6.
TV Guide
14 Aug 2009.
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Variety
19 Jun 1985
p. 25.
Variety
26 Jun 1985.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Columbia Pictures Presents
A Joel Schumacher Film
A Channel/Lauren Shuler Production
From Columbia-Delphi IV Productions
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Chief lighting tech
Best boy/Grip
Best boy/Elec
Best boy/Studio
Dolly grip
Rigging gaffer
Chapman crane op
Dir of photog, Washington, D.C.
Cam op, Washington, D.C.
1st asst cam, Washington, D.C.
2d asst cam, Washington, D.C.
Still photog, Washington, D.C.
Gaffer, Washington, D.C.
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Illustrator
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Prop master
Const coord
Const foreman
Gang boss
Labor foreman
Paint foreman
Stage foreman
Loc foreman
Leadman
Asst prop master
Prop gang boss
Propmaker foreman
Standby painter
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Shop steward, Washington, D.C.
Set dresser, Washington, D.C.
Set dresser, Washington, D.C.
COSTUMES
Women's cost supv
Men's cost supv
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus supv and scored by
Mus ed
Asst to David Foster
Asst to David Foster
Rec eng and mixer
SOUND
Supv sd ed
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Opticals by, Modern Film Effects
Titles by
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Makeup artist, Washington, D.C.
Hairstylist, Washington, D.C.
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Visual consultant
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Prod coord
Asst to Lauren Shuler
Asst to Joel Schumacher
Secy to Joel Schumacher
Secy to Joel Schumacher
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Prod van driver
Extra casting
ADR casting
Craft service
Caterer, Michaelson's Catering
Caterer, Michaelson's Catering
Physical trainer
Physical trainer
Loc mgr, Washington, D.C.
Asst loc mgr, Washington, D.C.
Asst loc mgr, Washington, D.C.
Prod auditor asst, Washington, D.C.
Prod asst, Washington, D.C.
Prod asst, Washington, D.C.
Transportation capt, Washington, D.C.
STAND INS
Stunt double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire,” written by David Foster, produced by David Foster and Humberto Gatica, performed by David Foster
“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion),” written by David Foster and John Parr, produced by David Foster, performed by John Parr, courtesy of Atlantic Records and Phonogram International
“Shake Down,” written by Billy Squier, produced by David Foster, performed by Billy Squier, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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SONGS
“Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire,” written by David Foster, produced by David Foster and Humberto Gatica, performed by David Foster
“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion),” written by David Foster and John Parr, produced by David Foster, performed by John Parr, courtesy of Atlantic Records and Phonogram International
“Shake Down,” written by Billy Squier, produced by David Foster, performed by Billy Squier, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
“This Time It Was Really Right,” written by David Foster and Jon Anderson, produced by David Foster, performed by Jon Anderson
“Saved My Life,” written by David Foster, Fee Waybill and Steve Lukather, produced by David Foster, performed by Fee Waybill
“One Love,” written by David Foster and Bob Rock, produced and performed by David Foster
“Stressed Out (Close To The Edge),” written by David Foster, Jay Graydon, Steve Kipner and Peter Beckett, produced by Jay Graydon and David Foster, performed by Airplay
“Young And Innocent,” written by John and Dino Elefante, produced by David Foster and John and Dino Elefante, performed by Elefante
“If I Turn You Away,” written by David Foster and Richard Marx, produced by David Foster, performed by Vikki Moss
“Into The Fire,” written by Todd Smallwood, produced by Tom Keane, executive producer David Foster, performed by Todd Smallwood
“Give Her A Little Drop More,” written by John Chilton, produced by David Foster, performed by Todd Smallwood
“Respect,” written by Otis Redding, performed by Aretha Franklin, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Group, Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“(Meet) The Flintstones,” written by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Hoyt Curtin.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
28 June 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 28 June 1985
Production Date:
began 15 October 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 August 1985
Copyright Number:
PA257043
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Dolby Stereo® in selected theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
110
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27661
SYNOPSIS

Four months after their college graduation, Wendy Beamish and William “Billy” Hicks are in an automobile accident, and their friends, Alec Newberry, Kirby “Kirbo” Kegger, Kevin Dolenz, Leslie, and Jules, rush to the hospital. The victims suffer only minor injuries after Billy crashed Wendy’s new car while drunk. Jules chastises Wendy for paying Billy’s medical fees after he destroyed the car her father gave her as a graduation gift. Billy is arrested for the incident. At the hospital, Kirby sees Dale Bieberman, a beautiful doctor he recognizes from college, and his former crush is reignited. Jules posts Billy’s bail, and the friends gather at St. Elmo’s Bar, where Kirby works. Leslie and Jules question Wendy for accepting Billy’s careless behavior. However, Wendy’s low self-esteem and romantic interest in Billy prevent her from cutting him out of her life. Meanwhile, Billy telephones his estranged wife, and mother of his child, then flirts with several girls at the bar. Alec is angry when he learns Billy lost the job in a senator’s office that he helped get for Billy. The friends quickly resolve their arguments, however, and happily dance and drink together. Sometime later, Alec discusses his political aspirations with his girl friend Leslie, and suggests they get married. Leslie believes they are not yet ready for marriage. The couple get a late-night visit from Jules, who needs a place to sleep for the night. Elsewhere, roommates Kevin and Kirby talk about Kirby’s intense infatuation with Dale Bieberman, and Billy arrives to spend the night. Sometime later, Alec helps Billy obtain another job. Kevin visits ... +


Four months after their college graduation, Wendy Beamish and William “Billy” Hicks are in an automobile accident, and their friends, Alec Newberry, Kirby “Kirbo” Kegger, Kevin Dolenz, Leslie, and Jules, rush to the hospital. The victims suffer only minor injuries after Billy crashed Wendy’s new car while drunk. Jules chastises Wendy for paying Billy’s medical fees after he destroyed the car her father gave her as a graduation gift. Billy is arrested for the incident. At the hospital, Kirby sees Dale Bieberman, a beautiful doctor he recognizes from college, and his former crush is reignited. Jules posts Billy’s bail, and the friends gather at St. Elmo’s Bar, where Kirby works. Leslie and Jules question Wendy for accepting Billy’s careless behavior. However, Wendy’s low self-esteem and romantic interest in Billy prevent her from cutting him out of her life. Meanwhile, Billy telephones his estranged wife, and mother of his child, then flirts with several girls at the bar. Alec is angry when he learns Billy lost the job in a senator’s office that he helped get for Billy. The friends quickly resolve their arguments, however, and happily dance and drink together. Sometime later, Alec discusses his political aspirations with his girl friend Leslie, and suggests they get married. Leslie believes they are not yet ready for marriage. The couple get a late-night visit from Jules, who needs a place to sleep for the night. Elsewhere, roommates Kevin and Kirby talk about Kirby’s intense infatuation with Dale Bieberman, and Billy arrives to spend the night. Sometime later, Alec helps Billy obtain another job. Kevin visits Jules’s new apartment and wonders how she can afford such an expensive place. Jules asks why nothing sexual ever happened between them, and accuses him of being homosexual and in love with Alec. Kevin denies the accusations, and quickly leaves. Kirby invites Dale Bieberman to an expensive restaurant to impress her, however, the busy doctor has to leave when she is called for an emergency. Leslie cooks dinner for Kevin, who tells her he gave up on love after a girl broke his heart. When Alec returns with a gift of lingerie for Leslie, he confides to Kevin that he cheated on Leslie with the sales girl. He vows he would be faithful if Leslie would agree to marry him, but Kevin is doubtful. Later, Jules gets high on cocaine and telephones Alec to rescue her from a group of strange men. He arrives and accuses her of “crying wolf.” Billy visits Wendy at the welfare office where she works, and admits that he lost his new job. Wendy brings him home to have dinner with her wealthy family, and borrows money from her father to give to Billy, who shocks her uptight family by climbing onto the roof. Wendy finds his antics charming, and reveals to him that she is still a virgin. Billy makes a clumsy pass at her, and embarrasses her by making fun of her undergarments. Wendy gives him the rent money he needs, then says she no longer wants to see him. On Halloween, the friends gather at St. Elmo’s Bar, where Billy plays saxophone with his band. Alec asks Kevin if he can use his apartment to have sex with the lingerie sales girl, and Wendy arrives with a nerdy date named Howie Krantz. Jules continues her wild behavior, and jumps onstage. Billy kisses her while Wendy watches. Billy’s wife, Felicia, arrives with her own date, and the friends worry how he will react. Billy stops the show to yell at Felicia from stage, then jumps down and punches her date. The fight continues outside the bar, and Billy curses at his wife. Moments later, Billy and Felicia kiss passionately. In time, when Wendy and Leslie have an intervention with Jules over her affair with her married boss, she dismisses their concern. Wendy hesitantly asks Leslie about Billy. Kirby’s obsession with Dale Bieberman continues. He follows her to a private party, and admits his feelings to her. She attempts to dash his hopes by listing her many flaws, but Kirby mistakenly believes she is not interested in him because he lacks money, and makes it his mission to become wealthy. Meanwhile, Felicia asks Billy for an annulment, but he denies her, and vows to become a better husband and father to their daughter, Melody. Kirby takes a job as attaché to a wealthy businessman, and throws a party at the man’s estate to impress Dale. Wendy’s father buys her another car as a bribe to marry Howie, but she remains unenthusiastic. The friends arrive at Kirby’s party, but Dale Bieberman fails to attend. Wendy introduces Howie to Billy, and Billy tells her that things are going well between him and Felicia. He apologizes to Wendy for hurting her, then crassly asks if she is still a virgin. Billy takes drugs with Jules, and Alec announces a false wedding date to the crowd, in an attempt to get Leslie to commit. They argue in private, and Leslie accuses him of having an affair. Alec blames Kevin for revealing his secret, then lunges at him. Leslie stops the fight saying it was only a hunch, but Alec’s response has proven his guilt. Alec shocks Leslie by demanding she move out of their apartment. Jules drives Billy home and he kisses her. Billy becomes aggressive, and Jules fights him off, saying she only needed a friend to talk to. She accuses him of letting everyone down, and Felicia opens the front door to see her drunken husband in the driveway with Jules. Elsewhere, Kirby learns that Dale Bieberman has gone to a cabin for the weekend, and he follows her. He is embarrassed to discover that she is there with her boyfriend. He attempts to leave, but his car gets stuck in the snow. Dale and her date invite him to spend the night in their cabin. Meanwhile, Leslie stays at Kevin’s apartment and discovers that he has been secretly in love with her for years. She and Kevin have sex, and in the morning, Alec arrives to apologize to Kevin, unaware that Leslie is there. When Leslie comes out from the bedroom, Alec is stunned. Kirby gets his car unstuck from the snow, and Dale Bieberman kindly says goodbye. Kirby passionately kisses Dale, leaving her speechless, then drives away laughing. Sometime later, Wendy tells her father that she does not care for Howie, and that it is Billy she loves. Leslie returns to her apartment with Alec to pack her belongings, and tells him that she has moved in with Jules. They argue over her involvement with Kevin, and Alec secretly longs to win her back. Leslie witnesses Jules’s drug use, and worries about her friend. Kevin asks Leslie to move in and asserts his love for her, but she tells him it was “just sex” to her, and asks him to leave. Sometime later, Leslie visits Alec at his work and asks for help with Jules, who has locked herself in their apartment after all of her belongings were repossessed. Leslie confronted her after discovering that Jules secretly lost her job three weeks before. Kevin and Kirby meet Alec and Leslie at Jules’s apartment, and the men climb the fire escape to look inside. They find Jules sitting on the floor with all the windows open, nearly freezing to death. Kirby leaves to get Billy’s help to cut the window bars, and Alec takes out his anger on Kevin, dangling him over the fire escape. Leslie begs him to release Kevin. Billy arrives and convinces Jules to open the door. She tells him she has been visiting her comatose, much-hated former stepmother, and talking to her about why her father hates her. Billy tells Jules that her worries are an illusion, like the story of “St. Elmo’s Fire,”--flashes of light in the sky that sailors used to guide their voyages. However, the sailors only imagined them to keep motivated on their journeys. Billy comforts Jules, and admits that they all feel lost, and soon they begin laughing. Later, Billy visits Wendy at her new apartment, tells her what happened with Jules, and shares that Felicia is about to remarry. He pays back some of the money he owes Wendy, and they discuss his upcoming move to New York City. Billy asks Wendy if she is still a virgin, and gently asks her for a going away present. Billy makes love to Wendy. Afterward, she walks him to the bus station, where the rest of their friends await to see Billy off. Billy tells Alec not to lose Leslie, then promises to keep in touch with Wendy. Leslie tells Kevin and Alec that she loves them both, but chooses to be on her own for a while, and they all agree to remain friends. The group plans to meet later for breakfast, but decide to find a new place, not St. Elmo’s Bar. Jules jokes about her plans to bury her stepmother in a large cat suit to save on funeral costs. +

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