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The Fifth Element Details


Good and evil battle for the future of 23rd century Earth in this visually striking big-budget science fiction epic. In the movie's prologue, which is set in 1914, scientists gather in Egypt at the site of an event that transpired centuries earlier. Aliens, it seemed, arrived to collect four stones representing the four basic elements (earth, air, fire and water) - warning their human contacts that the objects were no longer safe on Earth. A few hundred years later (in the 23rd century), a huge ball of molten lava and flame is hurtling toward Earth, and scientist-holy man Victor Cornelius (Ian Holm) declares that in order to prevent it from destroying the planet, the same four elemental stones must be combined with the fifth element, as embodied by a visitor from another world named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich). However, if the force of evil presents itself to the stones instead, the Earth will be destroyed, and an evil being named Zorg (Gary Oldman) will trigger the disaster. Despite her remarkable powers, Leeloo needs help with her mission, and she chooses her accomplice, military leader-turned-cab driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), when she literally falls through the roof of his taxi. Writer and director Luc Besson began writing the script for The Fifth Element when he was only 16 years old, though he was 38 before he was able to bring it to the screen. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 9, 1997


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark Mangini Best Sound Effects Editing 1997 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Thierry Arbogast Best Cinematography 1997 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Thierry Arbogast Technical Grand Prize 1997 Winner
Lumière de Paris d'Unifrance Luc Besson Best French Director 1997 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Luc Besson Best Director 1997 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Dan Weil Best Production Design 1997 Winner


Bruce Willis
as Korben Dallas
Milla Jovovich
as Leeloo
Ian Holm
as Victor Cornelius
Gary Oldman
as Jean-Baptiste-Emmanuel Zorg
Chris Tucker
as Ruby Rhod
Luke Perry
as Billy
Maïwenn Le Besco
as Diva
Lee Evans
as Fog
Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.
as President Lindberg
Mia Frye
as TV Stewardess
Eve Salvail
as Tawdry Girl
Mathieu Kassovitz
as Mugger
John Bluthal
as Professor Pacoli
John Neville
as General Staedert
Christopher Adamson
as Airport Cop
Brion James
as General Munro
as Right Arm
Indra Ové
as VIP Stewardess


Luc Besson
Patrice Ledoux
Luc Besson
Screen Story
Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
Thierry Arbogast
Eric Serra
Composer (Music Score)
Sylvie Landra
Dan Weil
Production Designer
Kevin Phipps
Art Director
Jim Morahan
Art Director
Michael Lamont
Art Director
Iain Smith
Anna Pinnock
Set Designer
Maggie Gray
Set Designer
Jean-Paul Gaultier
Costume Designer
Daniel Brisseau
Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Mangini
Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Carreras
First Assistant Director
Mark Mangini
Marc Boyle
Lucinda Syson
Pascal Chaumeil
Second Unit Director