Theme Times – The Brat Packer’s #8

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Brat Packers by association only: Mare Winningham, Jami Gertz, Michael Schoeffing, Liane Curtis.


Mare Winningham By Photo by Kambri Crews from New York


Jami Gertz By Jeremiah Garcia – Jami Gertz

Michael Schoeffling

Michael Schoeffing


Liane Curtis

Mare Winningham

Mary Megan Winningham born May 16, 1959) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. An eight-time Emmy Award nominee, she won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Amber Waves in 1980 and George Wallace in 1998. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1995 film Georgia.

Winningham’s other film and TV roles include St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), Miracle Mile (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), The War (1994), Dandelion (2004), Swing Vote (2008), Brothers (2009), Mildred Pierce (2011), Hatfields & McCoys (2012) and appeared in American Horror Story for four seasons; Coven (2013), Freak Show (2014), Hotel (2015-16) and Cult (2017). She made her New York stage debut in the 2007 Off-Broadway musical 10 Million Miles, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination. and her Broadway debut in the 2013 revival of Picnic. In 2014, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the original Broadway production of Casa Valentina. She was cast as Cherry Lockhart for Seasons 1-2 and 4 as Cole’s mother in the tv series The Affair.

Connection to Brat Pack Film [Original]

Jami Gertz

Jami Beth Gertz (born October 28, 1965) is an American actress. Gertz is known for her early roles in the films Crossroads, The Lost Boys, Less Than Zero and Quicksilver, the 1980s TV series Square Pegs and 1996’s Twister, as well as for her roles as Judy Miller in the CBS sitcom Still Standing and as Debbie Weaver in the ABC sitcom The Neighbors. Along with husband Tony Ressler, she is a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association.

Connection to Brat Pack Film by Association

Michael Schoeffing

Michael Earl Schoeffling (born December 10, 1960) is an American former actor and male model, known for playing Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles, Kuch in Vision Quest, and Joe in Mermaids.

Connection to Brat Pack Film by Association [Jake Ryan]

Liane Curtis

Liane Alexandra Curtis (born July 11, 1965) is an American film and television actress and musician, known for her appearances in B movies as Critters 2: The Main Course and Girlfriend from Hell, as well as smaller roles in films such as Sixteen Candles

Connection to Brat Pack Film by Association [Randy]


Following on from Theme Times – The Brat Packers!! Here is our 8th feature episode of’by association only’ Brat Packers.

Now, l would be more surprised if you had heard of these than by being surprised by you not knowing of them. Having said that Mare Winningham, was one of the original Brat Packers due to her appearance in St Elmo’s Fire. Of the four she would be l think the actress you know more of, but you may well be like me a film buff and therefore be all too aware of the careers of the other three. You might know them more from their visuals rather than their names alone.

Of the four, l am more familiar with Mare’s work over the other three. Below are their top four films. It is really hard to find great films as not all the Brat Packers even with association had the best of luck after their iconic hits in the 80’s, but you can see further associations. Some of which were purely made by dating a brat packer or appearing in another B movie with one.


Mare Winningham

1 – Turner & Hooch – 1989

Detective Turner leads an orderly life until it is disrupted by Hooch, a brutish dog that’s the sole witness to a murder. Hooch is not only set in his ways but also distressed over his owner’s murder.

2 – St. Elmo’s Fire – 1985

Seven close but self-centred friends in Georgetown struggle to deal with the transition from adolescence to adulthood and realise that life is not as easy as expected.

3 – Georgia – 1995

Georgia Flood (Mare Winningham) is a well-to-do folk-singer with a stable family and a loving husband. Her younger sister, Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is the lead singer in a rowdy punk-rock band. Living in Georgia’s shadow causes Sadie to become obsessed with her, and she tries everything she can to live up to her big sister’s achievements. Unfortunately it is this very obsession –coupled with her self-destructive tendencies and rampant drug abuse– that keep her spiraling down the drain.

1 – Miracle Mile – 1988

Musician Harry Washello (Anthony Edwards) sits down at a Los Angeles diner, where he instantly takes an interest in waitress Julie Peters (Mare Winningham). The feeling is mutual, too, so the pair arranges a date for later that day. But things go awry when Harry picks up a random pay phone call from a frantic soldier who warns of a nuclear attack that will hit L.A. within the hour. Scrambling, Harry finds Julie and the two do everything they can to escape to safety.

Jami Gertz

1 – The Lost Boys – 1987

Lucy along with her two sons, Michael and Sam moves to a small town in California. Soon, the two boys are sucked into the mysterious and dangerous world of bikers, vampires and vampire hunters.

2 – Less Than Zero – 1987

Clay (Andrew McCarthy) comes home to Los Angeles after his first semester of college and encounters some disturbing developments. His former lover, burgeoning model Blair (Jami Gertz), has begun to abuse cocaine. But her addiction pales in comparison to the drug dependency of her new boyfriend, Julian (Robert Downey Jr.), who’s also Clay’s childhood buddy. Clay tries to help them get sober, but the process is complicated by Rip (James Spader), a callous dealer Julian is indebted to.

3 – Twister – 1996

Ben, a storm chaser, and Jo, a meteorologist, have to put their impending divorce on hold to battle a series of violent tornadoes that are destroying Oklahoma.

4 – Jersey Girl – 1992

Ollie loses his wife, then his top PR job in the music industry in New York, and has to move in with his father in Jersey. Eventually he realises that his baby girl, Gertie, is the most important thing in his life, and settles down. Seven years on, a girl from the local video store puts the zest back into his life.

Michael Schoeffing

1 – Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken – 1991

Sonora is a free spirited girl who runs away from her home and gets a job as a stunt rider. On her adventurous journey she learns the tricks and trade of the sport and also falls in love.

2 – Mermaids – 1990

Going through troubled times, a single mother, along with her two daughters, relocates to a small town. Here, a number of events challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

3 – Let’s Get Harry– 1986

Corey becomes part of a rescue squad whose mission is to travel deep into the Colombian jungles and retrieve an engineer and an American ambassador taken hostage by terrorists.

4 – Sylvester– 1985

A spunky Texas girl (Melissa Gilbert) and an old Westerner (Richard Farnsworth) take a rodeo horse to the Olympic trials in Kentucky.

Liane Curtis

1 – Critters 2: The Main Course – 1988

A batch of unhatched critter eggs are mistaken for Easter eggs by the country-folk inhabitants of Grover’s Bend and soon the flesh-eating furballs from out of space are on a rampage again.

2 – Girlfriend from Hell – 1989

The devil turns a high-school wallflower (Liane Curtis) into a raven-haired vixen with claws and cleavage.

With Liane, it’s very hard to find her in anything of quality following  16 Candles.

So there we go folks, this was a tough one to do – trust me l am being serious, after Mare Winningham, it began to get tougher! I have a Brat Pack compendium and Liane and Michael despite being by association brat packers aren’t even mentioned. I think we can see why …… however, do you know any of these actors?

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7 thoughts on “Theme Times – The Brat Packer’s #8

  1. I know Jami from Lost Boys. I’m a fan of Keifer😍 I recognize Mare from St Elmo and I always thought Matt Damon was in 16 Candles until an old friend corrected me, years later. They DO look similarly broody😂
    I still have no idea who the other one is🤷🏼‍♀️

    1. Keifer is still to come, he is paired up with Sean Penn. There are still a few to come in the series and looking at the list there is another six episodes 🙂

  2. I know Mare and Jamie. The others aren’t quite on my radar. I’m enjoying the series and finding myself wanting to watch some Brat Packer movies 😊. It’s been a while since Ive seen St Elmo’s Fire.

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