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The Fifth Element (1997)

Le cinquième élément (original title)
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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

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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250 years in the future, all will be lost unless the fifth element is found. 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:

UK See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ruby Rhod was not the original name for Chris Tucker's character, it was Loc Rhod. The original name appears in the script and the movie novelization. See more »

Goofs

When the Mangalores first bring the box of stones (which turns out to be empty) to Zorg, it shows him lifting the lid. It's obvious there is a frame cut at this point because the scene 'jumps' a bit to the right before he closes the lid again. 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 English version when the Mondoshawans come to the pyramid in Egypt the professor asks: 'Are you German?' In the German version he asks 'Are you here from Earth?' See more »

Connections

Referenced in Imagining 'Heavy Metal' (1999) See more »

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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Very fun, but not meant to be taken seriously
3 February 2000 | by XophianicSee all my reviews

At first, I didn't know what to make of THE FIFTH ELEMENT. Much of it was corny; some of it was just stupid. But when I stopped taking the movie so serious, I really started to enjoy it. I thought it was a very fun movie.

THE FIFTH ELEMENT is about an evil force coming to destroy the world. Five elements are needed to destroy the evil force and save the Earth. Four of them are stones and one of them is a beautiful woman named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), who is absolutely "perfect". A priest named Cornelius (Ian Holm) seeks the elements to try to save the world while the military sends a the retired Major Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) to find the elements and stop a bunch of alien bounty hunter-like bad guys and a very evil man (and of course very rich) man who is under the employment of the evil force named Zorg (Gary Oldman).

And of course, there is the insane but loved radio DJ Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker) who gets trapped in the middle of this whole thing and becomes the comic relief of the movie, even though this movie really does not need comic relief. At first you will probably find him annoying, but he will grow on you. At least, this happened to me.

The acting is fair, but nothing special. Chris Tucker does a good job as the nutcase radioman, and Ian Holm does a pretty good job as the priest set out to save the planet. This was a very different type of role for Gary Oldman. He was still a bad guy, of course, but it was a much more comical part. It surely wasn't his best work, but it was still OK. Bruce Willis did a great job playing his part, and Milla Jovovich was excellent as the sexy but strong fifth element.

The special effects were fantastic. The story to this movie is nothing big, but like I said the main purpose of this movie is for the viewer to have fun. Don't expect to do much thinking and just enjoy yourself and I'm sure you'll like this movie.


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