St. Elmo's Fire

Synopsis: Seven friends - Alec, Billy, Jules, Kevin, Kirby, Leslie and Wendy - are trying to navigate through life and their friendships following college graduation. Alec, who aspires to political life, has just shown his true colors by changing his allegiance from Democrat to Republican, which freaks out girlfriend Leslie, who he wants to marry. Budding architect Leslie, on the other hand, has an independent streak. She believes she has to make a name for herself to find out who she is before she can truly commit to another person in marriage. But Leslie and Alec have decided to live together. Because Leslie refuses to marry Alec, he believes that justifies certain behavior. Kirby, who wants to become a lawyer and who pays for his schooling by working as a waiter at their local hangout called St. Elmo's Bar, and struggling writer Kevin are currently roommates. They are on opposite extremes of the romance spectrum. Kirby has just reconnected with Dale Biberman, a slightly older woman he knew in
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Joel Schumacher
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


Excuse me.

Wendy Beamish and William Hicks.

They were in a car accident.

See the officer about that.

Good evening.

Alec Newberry.

Congressman Langston's office.

If I can be of any assistance...

- Congressman who?

- Langston.

Clear, please.

Are they dead?

- Hi, you guys.

- Wendy.

- Wendy. You okay?

- I'm fine.

I'm fine.

The car my dad got me

for graduation is totaled.

Go find Billy.

See if you can sober him up.

He almost kills you,

and you're paying?

Jules, please.

Is that your date?


That is.

We're dealing with

a first-time offender here.

Miss Beamish won't press charges,

so why not let it slide?

Forget it, counselor.

I wouldn't strike a match

near his blood.

Okay, you're under arrest.

Watch the sax.

Do you believe in premarital sax?

May I assume the accident

left you injury-free?

Billy, four months after graduation...

...and you still act like

every night's a frat party.

Aren't you even a little

concerned about Wendy?

- How bad is it?

- Severe.

She might have exceeded

the limit on her father's VISA.

You're being arrested

for drunk driving.

Drunk, definitely. I don't know

if you can call it driving.

- Are you okay?

- I'm fine.

I'm sorry, Wendy.

We'll be right behind you.

Alec, I've got a lot of cash.


Dale Biberman.

- Do you remember me?

- Yes, but I'm...

Kirby Keager.

You were a senior

when I started Georgetown.

Right. Kirby. How are you?

I graduated.

I always knew you would.

And I'm a lawyer.

I mean, I'm a waiter...

...studying to become a lawyer.

Dale Biberman.

I can't believe it.

Still like Woody Allen?

I've gotta go.

Nice seeing you.

Don't you worry.

Everything's gonna be all right.

- Hey, thanks for bailing me out.

- Again.

When are you gonna get a car...

...that expresses your lifestyle

as the perfect couple?

Not everyone got recruited out of

school into international banking.

My parents gave me the car. I bet

I was conceived in the back seat.

It's still sticky.

Wait till my father hears

the car is totaled.

Wally, undergrads

sitting at our table?

- Only been there for 10 minutes.

- We've been here four years!

Kirbo, come here.

Where have you been?

It's busy. Where'd you go?

- The hospital.

- What?

- The hospital.

- You sick?

- It was an emergency.

- You could have told me.

- Gonna fire me?

- I fired you last week.

Blinding white light.




I was out of hand! It was a

metaphysical-precision collision.

Was it beautiful for you too, Wendy?

Somebody get me a screwdriver.

And a hammer.

Of course, you do know what it means

to have drunk driving on your record?

I'll never be a cop in D.C.


Hi, Wal.


- So you're not angry?

- No, I'm not angry.

Never trust a woman

who says she isn't angry.

- Tell me about it.

- I'm not.

You're the angry one. I thought

writing for the paper made you happy.

- You should call your wife.

- I'll tell you something, Jules.

Obituaries isn't writing.

All my characters die.

I'd like to write about

the meaning of life.

- You'll get a chance, Kevin.

- Don't hold your breath.


Who's that?

Tommy Bancroft. Senator Hodges'

key guy. I want you to meet him.

- And to be impressive.

- Oh, yes, sir.

The meaning of life,

Kevin, is fun, good times...

...a little H-U-M-O-R.

Don't you enjoy anything anymore?

Like girls?

I enjoy being afraid of Russia.

It makes America feel better.

Russia feels national

worth from our paranoia.

- How's that?

- Good.

Good. I have to check in

with the death squad now.

- Did you see her?

- Who?

- Dale Biberman.

- Who?

No, I said I'm sorry I woke the baby.

Well, I kind of got

in an accident.

I know I don't have insurance.

Just stop shouting.

I need the phone.

- You gonna ask if I'm okay?

- Give me the phone.

Kevin's here. He says

he wants to say hello.

Hi, Felicia. How you doing?

Me? Oh, you know,

it ain't easy being me.

Will you give Billy a break?

He lost his job today.

- The job Alec got for him?

- Yeah.

- Did you give him any money?

- A little.


I thought you were cutting out

things that don't work in your life.

Doesn't leave much.

I better break this to Alec gently.

This thing with Billy

is too destructive.

Life in the fat lane.

Wendy, you're not fat.

My thighs are fat.

No diet works.

Only way to lose weight

in your thighs is amputation.

- What you need to amputate is Billy.

- I know.

I know, but I can't.

I don't get it.

Me neither.

- How about we cut out of here?

- Well, I came with some girlfriends.

Look, this face seats five.

Excuse me.

Could I see you

in the men's room, please?

Sure. Wait,

it'll just be a second.



Excuse me.

- What?

- Step into my office.

A little pick-me-up?

All right.

Why didn't you tell me

you lost another job?

For some insane reason,

I thought you'd take it badly.

- Don't drown him. He's a father.

- That's right. You're a father.

When are you gonna grow up?

- This is mature, Al.

- I just get angry...

...because you put

pressure on all of us.

Working for Sen. Pomerantz

wasn't for me.

- I'm so sorry.

- It's all right. The wet look is in.

- A**hole.

- That's Mr. A**hole to you.

- How come they put ice in urinals?

- Tastes better.

If we could find the money, it would

be better to get a longer sofa.

Tommy Bancroft said I could work

on the weekends for Hodges.

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Joel Schumacher

Joel T. Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Schumacher rose to fame after directing hit films of his decade St. Elmo's Fire (1985), The Lost Boys (1987) and Flatliners (1990). He later went on to direct John Grisham adaptations The Client (1994) and A Time to Kill (1996). His films Falling Down (1993) and 8mm (1999) competed for Palme d'Or and Golden Bear respectively. In 1993, he signed on to direct the next installments of the Batman film series. Schumacher-directed Batman films Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997) received mixed-to-negative reactions from both critics and the public. After the Batman films, Schumacher pulled back from blockbusters and returned to making minimalist films such as Tigerland (2000) and Phone Booth (2002), both earning positive reviews. He also directed The Phantom of the Opera (2004), The Number 23 (2007) and two episodes of House of Cards. Known for casting young actors, Schumacher helped actors like Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Matthew McConaughey to launch careers. more…

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