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The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | | 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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Luc Besson

Writers:

Luc Besson (screenplay by), Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Korben Dallas
Gary Oldman ... Zorg
Ian Holm ... Cornelius
Milla Jovovich ... Leeloo
Chris Tucker ... Ruby Rhod
Luke Perry ... Billy
Brion James ... General Munro
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... President Lindberg (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Lee Evans ... Fog
Charlie Creed-Miles ... David (as Charlie Creed Miles)
Tricky ... Right Arm
John Neville ... General Staedert
John Bluthal ... Professor Pacoli
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Mugger
Christopher Fairbank ... Mactilburgh
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 5th Element See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$93,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,031,345, 11 May 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,540,020, 5 October 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$263,920,180, 10 July 2012
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gaumont See more »
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS | Dolby Atmos (remastered version)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Luc Besson continued to work on and modify the storyline for over twenty years. By the time Atlantis (1991) was released, he had a four-hundred-page script. See more »

Goofs

In the penultimate scene in the temple, Ruby, unable to light the fire stone because he has no matches, claims that he would have some if he had not quit smoking. However, he is seen smoking earlier in the film, the cigarette being lit by one of his toadies: Ruby has not so much quit smoking as he has, being a galaxy-class VIP, quit lighting his own cigarettes. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

In the version currently running on SyFy Ruby Rhod's sexual encounter with the flight attendant is cut as are all cutaways to it during the take-off sequence. Therefore the cockpit crew's preflight checklist has no double entendre meaning. See more »

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Soundtracks

Aria of 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
(from opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" Act 3, Scene 1: Mad scene "Il dolce suono mi colpi'...") *This is not aria.
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti (uncredited)
Performed by Inva Mula (as Inva Mulla Tchako), soprano
London Symphony Orchestra (as London Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Frédéric Chaslin
Produced by Michel Glotz
(c) Gaumont 1997
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"That's ma favorite!" (Gary Oldman)
9 November 2001 | by uds3See all my reviews

THE FIFTH ELEMENT is a complex film....if you WANT it to be! It offers varying levels of analysis depending on the tools you have to dig with! On the surface, a "leave your brain in the cloakroom" sci-fi yarn, you may well find wanting! As far removed from STAR WARS as Austin Powers is from DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. this film is pitched uniquely at those who can laugh at life but who have deep down an unquenchable desire for adventure and the romantic.

Set on a futuristic earth, where really nothing has changed except the technology, Bruce Willis is STILL John McLane, a has-been stormtrooper reduced now to driving air-cabs for a living...same old premise for him - nothing's changed much since STRIKING DISTANCE, except maybe the yellow hair-rinse. Now, legend has it that in a time long long ago, the forces of darkness visited earth and were repelled by the unification in close proximity, of four stones representing the four elements. earth, wind, fire and water together with a fifth "element" of unknown origin.

Dear old Ian Holm is Priest Cornelius, an expert authority on the five elements and keeper of all knowledge on things magical and mysterious. Gary Oldman in arguably his most way-put role is General Zorg who has done a deal with "The Dark Side" and whose sole purpose is to take possession of the elemental stones. The scene wherein he demonstrates the new weaponry to his alien henchman (from which the one-line "summary quote" above is taken) is an absolute classic of cinema. Milla Jovovich (Married to Besson at the time of the flick) is absolutely rivetting as Leeloo, the cloned/unzipped humanised fifth element. She must have practised long and hard perfecting her ancient language dialog....it's amazing. She strikes exactly the right note as a being of purity, femininity and warrior woman. As the film progresses she assumes the identitiy of the perfect girl any man would wish for and want to protect.

The comedy angle is hysterical, the action sequences in your face, and the fx generally impressive if not mega weird at times. Color and visuals play a major role in this pro-European production, the continent where not surprisingly it was most successful. The outcome naturally is predictable and in the best traditions of "will love save the day?" as if it wasn't always going to???

So, there u have it. Watch it one-dimensionally and that's what you'll get back. let it flow, immerse yourself in IT and you couldn't fail to have a good time, unless of course you are clinically dead or devoid of any sense of fun or fantasy ....but in that case you'd be wasting your time anyway, it wasn't MADE for you!


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