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St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Demi Moore , Rob Lowe , Joel Schumacher  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Joel Schumacher, Carl Kurlander
  • Producers: Bernard Schwartz, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ned Tanen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Unknown), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q799
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "St. Elmo's Fire" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original Making Of
  • John Parr "Man in Motion" Music Video

Editorial Reviews

Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore. Seven recent college graduates and best friends search for a place in the "real world" as they face the issues of career and commitment. 1985/color/110 min/R/widescreen.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the reasons the 80s was...the 80s. April 2, 2006
Format:DVD
A forerunner to Friends and a Brat Pack movie with the most...Brat Packers, St. Elmo's Fire was a romantic comedy that bowed out to theatres in 1985. Seven of the eight stars were in the enviable "Brat Pack" group, young and precocious actors and actresses that were considered the best of the best of their generation. While St. Elmo's Fire is often considered a mellow and almost overblown teen romcom by the starchiest of critics, it's a favorite of many 1980s film lovers.

Summary in 13 words:

Seven college graduates try and struggle with real life, some succeed, some don't.

DVD Details

2.35 Anamorphic Widescreen

5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (English),

2.0 Dolby Surround (Director's Commentary)

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Korean Subtitles

Release Date: 1999

Single-Sided Single-Layered Disc

Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

Black Amaray Keepcase

Video and Audio

The video is remarkably clean. The film was issued in the early years of DVD, when most transfers looked more like cable TV quality, but the video here is exceptional. Presented in its original widescreen is always a good thing, and the print quality is great. The colors are vibrant and accurate, and there's little to no grain or dust. One minor complaint would be the main titles, in its unsettling red font, but other than that, the video is great.

Audio is offered in English, but the subtitles are in so many languages that if you wanted, you could learn Chinese by reading the film enough times. It's pretty balanced in terms of dialogue vs. background noise/music.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The mid-80's was about conservatism, Reaganomics, Miami Vice and a time where people were not fully aware about AIDS and were thinking more about working together to bring food to Africa. This was the sign of the times and for director Joel Schumacher ("The Lost Boys", "Flatliners", "Batman Forever", "8MM", etc.), while he was working on his second film "D.C. Cab", during a short stay at Georgetown, he observed graduating college students at Georgetown University and wondered how miserable some of them maybe, of having to graduate but now become adults.

It was right there and then that Schumacher wanted to make a film based on these type of college graduates who face problems of transitioning to adulthood. In order to capture the life of a young adults graduating college, Schumacher tapped into recent college graduate, Karl Kurlander ("Saved by the Bell: The New Class" and "Malibu, CA") and together they began working on "St. Elmo's Fire". Schumacher had renowned musician and producer David Foster (who wrote major hit songs for "Karate Kid, Part II", "Sleepless in Seattle", "The Bodyguard", etc.) working on his first film as a composer and cinematographer Stephn H. Burm ("The Untouchables", "Snake Eyes", "Mystery Men", etc.).

But what the film would be known for is the cast in which David Blum of New Yorker Magazine would dub as "The Brat Pack", a title that would be synonymous with Hollywood's popular young talents: Emilio Estevez ("Breakfast Club", "The Mighty Ducks" films and "Young Guns" films), Rob Lowe ("The West Wing", "Brothers & Sisters", "About Last Night...", etc.), Andrew McCarthy ("Lipstick Jungle", "Weekend at Bernies" and "The Joy Luck Club"), Demi Moore ("Indecent Proposal", "G.I. Jane", "Ghost", etc.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my all-time favorite May 6, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Well, let the critics say what they may. I love this movie. I think it's fabulous.
Quite honestly, I've lost track of the number of times I've seen it; I've worn out two videotapes of it, and am making good headway on my third copy.
And why do I love it? I think the messages in it--about love and loyalty, friendship and betrayal, growing up and growing apart--can be applied to every stage of life. The first time I saw it, I was six years old; it was a "Tuesday Night at the Movies" movie...somehow, it related to my life. Fourteen years later, as a junior in college, it still makes sense. I firmly believe that it still will, years down the line. The actors are fabulous, too.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Reality" February 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie when I was in college with a group of friends. It tells of the struggles of college life and trying to make it out alive in different ways. Sadly, one of our friends of the group could not handle life and chose a permanant way out. The music from this movie was played at his furneral. These characters do gone on and make it in different ways and when you watch this don't over look the point that no matter what life throws at you, things will work out. 15 years have gone by and this film will forever effect my/our lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just watched it again August 29, 2005
Format:DVD
Ok first of all, I DO like this movie, BUT it is so depressing! I hadn't seen this movie since the 80's and aside from the cheesey hairstyles, clothes, this movie has a pretty deep message about growing up. One of the saddest scenes in this movie is where Rob Lowe comes back to the old frat house and is welcomed by his "brothers" with open arms. They end up playing a game of football and Billy (Rob Lowe) asks one of his friends if it's possible for him to get a job coaching at the college, and his friend says something like, "yeah we need someone like you around here to get us some good drugs". How awful! He's trying to do the right thing and constantly gets slammed and makes the wrong choices. And then of coures there's Demi Moore's charecter who is a drug addict, and the love triangle thing, it's just good but VERY SAD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The girlfriend really loves this classic movie
Published 17 days ago by b-rad
4.0 out of 5 stars St. Elmo's Fire
Good movie from that era!
Published 18 days ago by Violet Purple
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lives of College Graduates
St. Elmo’s Fire, 1985 film

This is the story of seven graduates from Georgetown University in Washington DC. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Acute Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you grew up in the 80's like I did or you are an 80s fan
If you grew up in the 80's like I did or you are an 80s fan, then this is one to add to your collection.
Published 24 days ago by Mish
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever!
This is one of the greatest movie of the 80s! This is the BRAT pack at it's best. I can't wait to see if I still remember all the lines!
Published 1 month ago by chez19
2.0 out of 5 stars Overblown 80's melodrama!!
I am also a HUGE fan of the 80's--but I sure as hell don't include this movie as one of the highlights of that era!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by SMR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie. It never gets old watching it. The cast was put together extremely well. Even in today's digital world, the movie is timeless.
Published 2 months ago by M. A. Killion
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romp in the Past
Back in the days of Reagonomics and self-promotion, this film stood out as a coming of age flick for young people just out of college. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kate70
5.0 out of 5 stars Never gets old!
Shared it with my 28 year old daughter and she loves it. Now knows who the 2nd generation "brat pack" is! lol
Published 2 months ago by Janie R Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars St Elmo's Fire
Because despite the bad hair and clothes from the 80's...you know we really love that decade. Great film that brings back great memories.
Published 2 months ago by Brody Jean
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I remember this movie being very popular, and the title song was overplayed on the radio.
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