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The Fifth Element (1997)

 -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  9 May 1997 (USA)
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In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.

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In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth Element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the remains of the Fifth Element to rebuild the perfect being called Leeloo. She escapes from the laboratory and stumbles upon the taxi driver and former elite commando major Korben Dallas that helps her to escape from the police. Leeloo tells him that she must meet Father Vito Cornelius to accomplish her mission. Meanwhile, the Evil uses the greedy and cruel Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg and a team of mercenary Mangalores to retrieve the stones and avoid the protection of Leeloo. But the skilled Korben Dallas has fallen in love with Leeloo and decides to help her to retrieve the stones. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence, some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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$93,000,000 (estimated)

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DEM 23,844 (Germany) (19 June 1998)

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DEM 23,844 (Germany) (19 June 1998)
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Volumes of two manga series - "Sanctuary", by Ryoichi Ikegami and Sho Fumimura (Buronson), and "Adolf", by Osamu Tezuka - are briefly visible in Korben Dallas' apartment. See more »

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When Leeloo falls through the cab roof and Korben has to pull over and puts the cab on "automatic", the word "automatic" on the button is the wrong way down, but later when he pushes the button again to start running from the cops, the writing on the button is almost perfect. See more »

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[first lines]
Omar: [whispers to sleeping Aziz] Aziz! Aziz!
Professor Pacoli: [shouts] Aziz! Light!
[Aziz wakes up with a start]
Billy: "Aziz! Light!"
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Alech Taadi
Performed by Cheb Khaled (as Khaled)
Composed by Cheb Khaled (as Khaled)
© Barclay 1993
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects
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Unbelievable
22 March 2001 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews



Good Lord! The most surprising thing about this film is the incredible display of modern contemporary talent.... which has been completely wasted on this ridiculous, woefully misplaced piece of rubbish.

Who'd have thought that someone capable of creating a perfectly pitched, wonderfully crafted thriller like 'Leon' could show such an astounding clumsiness in putting together the mess that is the Fifth Element.

The sets are just bad, the music is for the most part irritating, and the costumes designed by an over excited Jean-Paul Gaultier add an off-putting campness to a film which never seems to know what it's doing.

Bruce Willis is in full Bruce mode - he smokes, he looks tough, and the obligatory one liners come pouring out, reminiscent of rubbish like Hudson Hawk. Gary Oldman who has some pointless, camp South American accent, overacts his way from one dreadful scene to the next.

The only thing that Luc Besson has successfully done is to show, with a painful, two hour blow, that a big budget certainly does not ensure a decent film.

Awful from start to finish. Avoid.


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