The Fifth Element (1997)

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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.
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as Korben Dallas
as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
as Leeloo
as General Munro
as Ruby Rhod
as Airport Cop
as Mactilburgh
as Head Scientist
as Munro's Captain
as Father Vito Cornelius
as Left Arm
as Priest
as Professor Pacoli
as General Staedert
as Major Iceborg
as Shuttle Mechanic
as Mr. Kim
as Fog
as Billy
as Warship Captain
as Mugger
as Fhloston Captain
as Mondoshawan
as Neighbour
as President's Aide
as Scientist's Aide
as Shuttle Co-Pilot


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Feature Film
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Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
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Character Error
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.

Character Error
Zorg's limp switches from his right leg to his left leg and then back again several times throughout the film.

After Rhuby Rhod's first broadcast in the airport interior, the commercial audio for the Gemini Crocket Contest runs in the background. Since Korben has already won, there is no need to keep running this commercial.

When they arrive at the temple Cornelius holds up a stone with the lines going across the bottom of it, Korben takes it, but in the next shot he is holding a stone with lines running up it.

In the scene, where Corban Dallas is taking out the stones from the Diva's body and placing them into his jacket, sleeves on his shirt are alright, but right in the next scene, with this character, sleeves on his shirt are ripped and ragged, completely messed up. Scene, that is explaining, what happened with his sleeves is missing.

We see three Mangalores advance on Korben and Ruby in the first row right after Korben tells Ruby to guard the stones, then we cut to the President's office. When we cut back to Korben he has now shot three Mangalores at the front entrance to the Opera house and the arms of his shirt are now torn. There is no scene detailing what happened to his shirt or the Mangalores.

When Leeloo throws the box of stones to Zorg, the box is rotating to the left (as seen from the screen), but after the clip just after the throw, the box is rotating the other way.

Crew/Equipment Visible
Reflected in the security window in Korben's cab as he speeds away from the cops and loses the last point on his license.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Korben gets into the cab and he opens the "garage door" you can see a grilled light being held by a crewman's hand.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Leeloo is exiting the shuttle on the cruise ship, the camera dollies forward and there is a crew member on the left of the screen with a radio. The camera quickly adjusts to remove him from the shot.

Revealing Mistakes
When Leeloo is standing on the ledge and is being blinded by the police lights she raises her hands right before she jumps. Her hands are very dirty, almost completely black. After that she jumps down, crashes into Korben's cab, and puts her hands against the glass, here you can see her hands are much cleaner. Also her face seems less dirty.

Revealing Mistakes
In the very beginning of the movie, right before Leeloo punches through the glass that is supposed to be "unbreakable", you can see that the glass is already cracked and ready to be broken.

Revealing Mistakes
When Right Arm explodes in the terminal and the smoke clears, he is still standing in the same place in the same position completely unaffected.

Revealing Mistakes
During Plavalaguna's performance, the seams on her prosthetic headpiece are clearly visible in profile shots.
The hero (Bruce Willis) and the villain (Gary Oldman) never meet, nor do they communicate in any way. They are, in fact, unaware of each other's degree of involvement

When composer Eric Serra showed soprano Inva Mula (who dubs the voice of the Diva) the sheet music for the Diva Dance, she reportedly smiled and relayed to him that some of the notes written were not humanly possible to achieve because the human voice cannot change notes that fast. Hence, she performed the notes in isolation - one by one, as opposed to consecutively singing them all together and they digitized the notes to fit the music. There are a few moments when you can hear the differences in the vocal tones of The Diva's voice.

The language spoken by Leeloo was invented by director Luc Besson and further refined by Milla Jovovich. By the end of filming they were able to have full conversations in this language.

The flying traffic created by the visual effects team at Digital Domain allowed artists to create personalized license plates. Though never visible in the film, the state slogan printed on all license plates reads, "New York, The Fuck-You State."

In most shots of Gary Oldman, there is a circle around his head. In fact, a circle in the middle of the frame is a near-constant motif in this film. Bruce Willis, on the other hand, is more often framed by a rectangle or doorway behind him.

Luc Besson wrote the original screenplay when he was in high school.

The explosion in the Fhloston main hall was the largest indoor explosion ever filmed. The resulting fire almost got beyond control.

When the President tells Father Vito Cornelius he has "twenty seconds" to state his point, Vito talks for exactly twenty seconds.

Luc Beeson cast Milla Jovovich as Leeloo, because "Milla has the physical thing, she can be from the past or the future. She can be an Egyptian or a Roman. She can be Nefertiti and she can be from outer space. That was one thing that I liked physically about her."

At the time, it was the most expensive film ever produced outside of Hollywood.

Bruce Willis ad-libbed the line, "Whoa, lady, I only speak two languages, English and bad English."

Many of the Mangalores aboard the Fhloston Paradise can be seen wearing "combat goggles". This was a practical solution to hide the actors' eyes (which were visible through the masks) and save money on makeup (contact lenses and coloring around the eyes).

Diva Plavalaguna sings "Il dolce suono," an aria from the opera Lucia de Lammermoor. It is one of the most difficult arias because of its length, its soaring arpeggios, and the high F above high C.

According to the Ultimate Edition DVD, Prince and Lenny Kravitz were sources of inspiration for the part of Ruby Rhod.

The people populating the roofs, decks and windows during the visual effects sequences in New York are actually the artists and employees at Digital Domain who worked on the film.

When the Mondoshawan aliens appear in 1914 Egypt, the Professor, panicking, says, "A... A... Are you German?" In the German version he says "Sind Sie... hier von der Erde?" which roughly translates as "Are you from here... Earth?"

In the future New York City, Central Park is the same size as the real one and is in the same place - but 100 feet in the air.

The actor playing the cop in the driver's seat waiting at the McDonald's restaurant (with "65 trillion served" written on it) is Mac McDonald.

The parasites being disinfected from the landing gear of the airplane (bound for Fhloston Paradise) by a team in sealed suits are actually Boglins, the 1980s puppet toys. With them is a Bumble Ball, a battery-operated shaking and vibrating ball covered with rubber knobs.

Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Leeloo, but after the failure of Showgirls (1995), studios were reluctant to hire her.

At US$80 million, the special-effects budget of the film was the highest of its time.

The only phrases from Leeloo's alien language that are included in the captioning are "mlarta," "big ba-dah big boom," "akta," "seno akta gamat," "san agamat chay bet. Envolet," "danko," "domo danko," and "apipoulai." Everything else appears as Unknown Language or, after it's specified, the Divine Language.

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.

All but one of the Mondoshawan suits were destroyed after production. The surviving suit now belongs to Nick Dudman.