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St. Elmo's Fire

 

St Elmo's Fire

Plot Summary for St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Brat Pack film about the ups and downs of life for a group of young friends. Billy can't hold down a job. Wendy's rich parents want her to be a clone of her sister (married, running family business franchise), she prefers the company of Billy. Billy wants to get back together with his wife and baby. Kirby has a crush on an old school date (Dale). Jules goes from one crisis to another. Alex wants to marry Leslie but he's unfaithful, Alex also has to contend with Leslie's other admirer; Kevin. Jules incorrectly thinks Kevin is gay. A nice simple plot.

Cast

Emilio Estevez

Kirby

Rob Lowe

Billy

Andrew McCarthy

Kevin

Demi Moore

Jules

Judd Nelson

Alex

Ally Sheedy

Leslie

Mare Winningham

Wendy

Martin Balsam

Mr. Beamish

Andie MacDowell

Dale Biberman

Joyce Van Patten

Mrs. Beamish

Jenny Wright

Felicia

Jon Cutler

Howie Krantz

Matthew Laurance

Ron Dellasandro

Gina Hecht

Judith
   

Quotes from St. Elmo's Fire:

Wendy

We're really worried about this affair with your boss.

Jules

I don't know why you're both so worried... So, I bop him for a couple of years, get his job when he gets his hands caught in the vault, do a black mink ad, retire in utter disgrace, then write a best seller and be a talk show host on my own
talk show...

Alec

You're being arrested for drunk driving.

Billy

Drunk definitely, I don't know if you could call it driving.

Alec

The wet look is in, asshole.

Billy

That's Mr. Asshole to you.

Jules

Don't you enjoy anything anymore, like girls---?

Kevin

I enjoy being afraid of Russia. It's a harmless fear, but it makes America feel better, Russia gets an inflated sense of national worth from our paranoia. How's that?

Kevin

How come you never ask me if I want a date?

Hooker

I thought you were gay!

Billy

Jules, y'know, honey... this isn't real. You know what it is? It's St. Elmo's Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journies by it, but the joke was on them...there was no fire. There was't even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you're making up all of this. We're all going through this. It's our time at the edge.

Leslie

Men. Can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em.

Alec

You walked out on this relationship.

Leslie

I didn't walk out. You walked out.

Alec

You fucked Kevin!

Leslie

You fucked many!

Alec

Nameless, faceless many.

Leslie

Thank you. I feel much better now.

Dale

Kirby! How are you?

Kirby

I'm obsessed thank you very much.

Kirby

Fluff and fold, buddy. Soon as I make it really big, I'm going fluff and fold.

Wendy

I thought we'd be friends forever.

Kevin

Yeah, well, forever got a lot shorter all of a sudden.

Kirby

It's true love, my friend.

Kevin

Love, love, you know what love is? Love is an illusion created by lawyer types like yourself to perpetuate another illusion called marriage to create the reality of divorce and then the illusionary need for divorce lawyers.

Kevin

Marriage is a concept invented by people who were lucky to make it to 20 without being eaten by dinosaurs. Marriage is extinct.

Alec

Dinosaurs are extinct. Marriage is still around.

Kevin

You know there are more people in law school right now than there are lawyers on the entire planet? Think about that.

Kirby

You are just pissed off and bitter because you have not had sex in... how long? What is it... a year... maybe two? Refresh my memory please, Kevin. Haven't you heard of the sexual revolution?

Kevin

Who won, huh? Nobody. Used to be sex was the only free thing, No longer. Alimony... palimony... it's all financial. Love is an illusion.

Kirby

It's the only illusion that counts, my friend.

Kevin

Says who?

Kirby

Anyone who's been in love.

Kevin

Love sucks.

Kirby

So does your attitude.

Kirby

There are several quintessential moments in a man's life: losing his virginity, getting married, becoming a father, and having the right girl smile at you.

Wendy

No diet works. The only way to lose weight in the thighs is amputation.

Jules

I thought you were taking steps to phase out everything that wasn't working in your life.

Wendy

That doesn't leave much.

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