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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Is it love or live? See more »


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

Even as Luc Besson went way over budget, he didn't have to allow the financiers on-set, nor show them any footage. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene, when the Mondoshawans arrive to take the "fifth element" statue in the hidden room, the camera pans up and over the statue to an overhead shot. This statue has apparently been untouched for several hundred years, and would naturally be uniformly dusty. Unfortunately there is an obvious clean human hand print on the top of the statue, presumably from whoever put the statue in place for the shot. 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 theatrical release, Korben Dallas initially opens his door after hearing the door chime. He looks into the monitor, sees the empty hallway, opens the door, and then almost gets mugged. This scene was edited for the ABC presentation. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Diva Dance
Performed by Inva Mula (as Inva Mulla Tchako)
Composed and Produced by Éric Serra
© Editions La Marguerite 1997
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Excellent Fantasy Movie
22 December 2004 | by FancyfiddlingSee all my reviews

This is a great movie. It isn't your typical same alien vs. human movie where there is blood everywhere, and the humans win right before they've thought it was the end. It is much more interesting. The story has love vs. evil in a whole new way, and there's a lesson to be learned through it.

Honestly, I didn't really care about the plot all that much. The imagination and creativity is awesome! I love the colors and the ideas they came up with, especially how the design of the city. The futuristic clothing is cool too. The only thing I was disappointed in was the enemy aliens. They looked a little too artificial.

My favorite thing about the whole movie was the music. It went from techno to opera to jazz, and to all over. I loved the music, partially because they used Engima and Vangelis. Many people are like, "what the heck was that?" when they hear the music, but it fits the movie perfectly and leaves you with a feeling more than a theme. I like the randomness of the music, it works well with the quirkiness of the movie.


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