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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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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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Budget:

$93,000,000 (estimated)

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DEM 23,844 (Germany) (19 June 1998)

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$63,540,020 (USA) (3 October 1997)
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

A being reconstructed from DNA would not possess the knowledge of its predecessor, and would certainly not reproduce a former tattoo. 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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Referenced in The Roseanne Show: Episode #1.5 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Light Of Love
Performed by Eric Serra (as R.X.R.A)
Background Vocals by Nourith (uncredited)
Words and Music by Eric Serra
Produced by Rupert Hine and Eric Serra
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A great change of pace
18 April 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Most sci-fi films try to break new ground with special effects and visual eye candy, but The Fifth Element created a whole new concept in the genre: the art-action science fiction.

While this film has many flaws, particularly in the flow of the plot, visually, it surpasses most sci-fi films I have ever seen. Not even Planet of the Apes (2001) could compete with this film's cinematography. I firmly believe 1997 was a great year for this concept of film, considering the highly visual Alien Resurrection came out the same year. Hopefully, some of the more modern sci-fi films will encompass some of the visual ideals this film set forth.


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