The Fifth Element

May 9th, 1997

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The Fifth Element

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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.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 7.5/10 (173,530 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Luc Besson

Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman

Two hundred and fifty years in the future, life as we know it is threatened by the arrival of Evil. Only the Fifth Element can stop the Evil from extinguishing life, as it tries to do every five thousand years. She is assisted by a former elite commando turned cab driver, Korben Dallas, who is, in turn, helped by Prince/Arsenio clone, Ruby Rhod. Unfortunately, Evil is being assisted by Mr. Zorg, who seeks to profit from the chaos that Evil will bring, and his alien mercenaries.

Writers: Luc Besson, Luc Besson

Bruce Willis - Korben Dallas
Gary Oldman - Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
Ian Holm - Father Vito 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

Taglines: Is it love or live?

Release Date: 9 May 1997

Filming Locations: Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $17,031,345 (USA) (11 May 1997) (2500 Screens)

Gross: $185,800,000 (Worldwide) (2 November 1997) (except USA)

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Did You Know?

Triangles feature frequently in the film. They appear on the Egyptian ruins, on the displays of the planet alignment, and in the missile formation fired from the cruiser. Also, the stones are triangular prisms.

Continuity: In the first scene where Zorg is walking, the sound of metal clinking is heard when his right foot hits the ground. After his face is shown, the metal clinking is heard when his left foot hits the ground for the rest of the movie.

[first lines]
Omar: [whispers to sleeping Aziz] Aziz! Aziz!
Professor Pacoli: [shouts] Aziz! Light!
[Aziz wakes up with a start]
Billy: "Aziz! Light!"

User Review

Multi Pass.


Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich star in this wonderful sci-fi tale. Chock full of killer performances and excellent effects.

Korben Dallas is your average ordinary New York taxi driver. Fresh out of the military, unlucky in love and this close to losing his job. One day the ultimate fare literally falls into his lap as Leeloo enters his life via the roof of his cab. Leeloo it seems was genetically manipulated to be the ultimate weapon against pure evil but her beauty and butt-kicking hide a more fragile nature that Dallas and a host of others will have to step up and help her save humanity.

This amazing sci-fi adventure from Luc (Leon) Besson has a little something for everyone. Beauty (the gorgeous Jovovich with orange hair even), action and gun-play, excellent acting, amazing visual effects, romance, creative sets and costume design, dynamic and interesting music and a mildly annoying but funny Chris Tucker. You name it…this film has it in spades. 5th Element is hands down one of the best science fiction films ever.

I've seen it many times and always want more. I highly recommended it.

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