YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON YOUR FRIENDS. DON’T EVER LET THE FIRE GO OUT.
Joel Schumacher’s breakthrough as director is a now-classic Brat Pack movie (along with the same year’s The Breakfast Club) about a group of friends who are all trying to get used to life as adults after graduating from Georgetown. In their pursuit of meaning, stability and love there are inevitable roadblocks. A well chosen cast as an engaging bunch of people who handle each conflict with the expected drama. Hardly subtle stuff, but bittersweet and worth a look, not least because of the music, including David Foster’s love theme and a few of the songs. That title tune is a knockout.
1985-U.S. 108 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Music: David Foster. Song: ”St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (David Foster, John Parr). Cast: Rob Lowe (Billy Hicks), Demi Moore (Julianna ”Jules” Van Patten), Andrew McCarthy (Kevin Dolenz), Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez… Martin Balsam, Andie MacDowell.
Razzie: Worst Supporting Actor (Lowe).