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Mike.
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I watched this film for the first time over the weekend not really knowing what t expect of it.Having watched it i still don't know what to make of it.
It has some good characters in it but have to say Rob Lowe steals the show in most of the scenes he is in,although just don't believe him as a bad boy he just looks far to much like a boy full stop.
Overall the film is like many coming of age movies of the time,and i don't think really offered anything new.
I liked Andrew Mcarthy's story line being in love with Alley Sheedys character from a far,as i think most of us have been in this situation at some point.
But Kirby chasing after Dale biberman

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Sorry i pressed the wrong button and posted befor i had finished.
As i was saying Kirby chasing after Dale Biberman was just sad,on one hand you have Emilio Estevez looking like a little dwarf man and Andie Macdowell looking like the mature hottie you just would not believe them together.

So overall i didn't hate this movie i just really didn't care about the characters in the end,so what are your thought on it.

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I actually agree with you Mike!

I know it's the whole "brat pack movie"....good music and actors.....but there was always something missing for me?

I do like it....I saw it many times in the 80's it's just so "drama" filled I guess....is why I can't hold it close as a an ultimate fav.

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It's alright. I agree with Mike too. I liked Rob Lowe in this movie and Mare Winningham,but the rest of them I didn't really care for.
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Average, with one of the decade's best theme songs. Maybe if they'd handed it off to Hughes instead of trusting it to the decidedly subpar Schumacher (now imagine if this arrangement had been done for the later Batman films--I'm not quite sure how the end result thus might have turned out, but certainly it would have been better than what we ended up with), it would have moved into A grade territory.
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This movie is starting to annoy me more and more every time I watch it...actually, after some thought, I think it's just the stupid thing they do that annoys me. Boogada Boogada Boogada Ha Ha Ha! If they got rid of that, it'd be back to good for me.
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It's a good movie, but a little too "cutesy" sometimes. The boogada boogada thing is annoying and the soundtrack is kinda cheesy. A friend of mine once said they liked the movie but that the soundtrack ruined it for them becuase the main theme song sounded too much like "On the Wings of Love."
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It´s a good movie, basicly i don´t have anything against it.
I also have the soundtrack cd. Nice stuff but not one of my favorites.
I like the Jon Anderson song "This Time it Was Really Right" the most.

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This thread has actually given "St. Elmo's Fire" more attention than I have ever been able to conjure up. It had so much hype back in the day, so I was expecting so much more than it offered. Overall, like several have said.. not a bad movie, just not worth several repeat viewings.
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Good to read the replies on here,and having started this thread i was thinking maybe it's just that we expect so much from particular films.
Now St.Elmo's Fire seems to be one of those iconic 80's films you just have to of seen,so maybe not seeing it for the first time until 2010 gave it unrealistic billing to live up to.
It's just that with certain 80's films i have seen recently the pacing seems very slow but that could just be that i have got so used to modern crash bang wallop films.But if you watch something like The Breakfast Club although it's not fast moving it just flows where as St.Elmo's never really gets into it's stride,maybe with a different director in charge it could of been so much different.Also having the same song as backing music got annoying after awhile,now i am on the subject of music. Rob Lowe playing the sax ok no problem with that apart from the scene with him on stage in the bar which just goes on and on far to long.
Otherwise i enjoyed the film.

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Great movie, an essential companion piece and natural conclusion to the Brat Pack films.
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What Kash said [Smile]
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I loved this back in the day, and I still really like it. However...

When watching this as a boy, the 'older' characters always seemed cool to me. When I was the same age as them, I kind of related even though I wasn't going through the same things. But now, as an adult (I use the term loosely), the characters seem self-involved and narcissistic. I just want to slap them in the face and say "Snap out of it!" So, I have an odd sensation when I watch it; nostalgia mixed with the same 'rejective' feelings the critics at the time did (due to my now-similar age).

Ultimately though, I still love it, largely because of nostalgia.

I used to use St. Elmo's as an example piece for how unfairly criticised mainstream US movies (particularly 80's movies) were. I always said that if it had been French, and hadn't had the 'big' theme, it would have been praised to high heaven. Hypotheticals FTW!

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ok sooooooooooo

Was at my mom's today and she got a new huge HD tv.....i'm messing with it and St. Elmo's Fire is on so i'm watching it......holy crap!!

My first HD movie and whoa.....I think....I think even less of this movie now.....it made it look cheaply made and almost "indie like".

Now is that just the effect of watching HD?

St. Elmo's just isn't a strong 80's flick for some reason? It has the most awesome cast.....but in HD did I really need to see Emilio's sweaty face up close and Ally Sheedy's teeth....whoa! [Smile]

I feel like an old fart getting transplanted in the future......"what's this there HD tv'rs....what's they messing with my tv'rs for?"

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Sadly, that´s the impact on some old movies Muffy.

This is one reason why i have a regular tv and VHS set in the other room,
so i can keep my feet on the ground.

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quote:
Now is that just the effect of watching HD?
Yes.

Just to check; you were watching the movie on a HD TV, but was it being broadcast in HD? If it wasn't, then it would look terrible.

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it was presented in HD so I was watching it in HD.........it's just plain trippy! still not sure if I liked it?
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im waiting for the next big 80's weekend on encore
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i have never cared for st. elmo's fire. [Frown]
i know it had all pack actors in it, but it just didn't do anything for me. i was annoyed with the majority of the characters, especially sheedy, mccarthy and emilio's character, kirby.

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i thought kirby was one of the best characters
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I liked Demi Moore's character the best...She had some great lines in this and her apartment was awesome! I liked Kirby too, he was cute.
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i agree with the original poster on the kirby plot line.

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Originally posted by Pittsburghgirl:
I agree with Mike too. I liked Rob Lowe in this movie and Mare Winningham,but the rest of them I didn't really care for.

agreed. rob and mare, i didn't mind.
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I just re-read this thread. I absolutely hated that boogety- boogety thing too! My husband cannot watch this movie at all. He had a friend in college who watched it at least once a week!
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i always quite liked st elmos fire,i have the blu ray,got it for just £5 pounds brand new,picture and sound are a big step up from standard dvd. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GET3B_fRqLc .
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