St. Elmo's Fire | Full Movie

St. Elmo's Fire
  • R
  • 1h 48m
  • 1985
Rotten44%
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Seven friends, recent college graduates, are searching for a place in the real world, as they face issues of career and commitment. Leslie and Alec (Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson) try to save a crumbling romance. Wendy (Mare Winningham), a shy virgin, hides a love for Billy (Rob Lowe), a reluctant father/husband still searching for goals. Kevin (Andrew McCarthy) is a cynical writer who scorns love until he realizes he's in love with his best friend's girl. Kirby (Emilio Estevez), a law student, obsessively pursues an older woman. The beautiful, neurotic Jules (Demi Moore) 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 closest of friends can.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten44%
Critics Consensus: St. Elmo's Fire is almost peak Brat Pack: it's got the cast, the fashion, and the music, but the characters are too frequently unlikable.
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Los Angeles Times
Sheila Benson
Rotten

All speed and stylishness without a bit of emotional resonance beneath.

July 13, 2017
Variety
Variety Staff
Rotten

St. Elmo's Fire is all about a group of recent college graduates in Washington who were always the...

July 13, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams
Rotten

Estevez and Nelson are as unappealing here as in The Breakfast Club, though in fairness they're ha...

July 13, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Soapy 20-something friends saga isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that sex and relationships play key roles in the plot of this film. While the love-making scenes are respectful and discreet, there are some frank discussions about sex in the film. Scenes feature strong language, infidelity, acts of violence, and a suicide attempt. Characters sometimes drink in excess and behave badly as a result. One character has a cocaine problem that her friends address.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Romance
  • Release Date:June 28, 1985
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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