The Fifth Element (1997)

formerly known as Zaltman Bleros and The Fifth Man

About the film . . .

  • Milla plays the supreme being, Leeloo

  • Plot summary: Based in the future, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) is a retired military officer who now drives a cab. He teams up with a perfect, supreme being named Leeloo (Milla) to save the world from an evil presence that enters the galaxy every 5,000 years. To do so, they need to locate four ancient stones representing the four basic elements of earth, air, fire, and water. They must overcome many obstacles including Milla's ancient language and customs, as well as the evil Zorg (Gary Oldman) and his mercenaries, to locate the stones and position them around the Fifth Element -- the only hope to save the Earth from the evil presence aimed directly at earth. However, without Korben's love for Leeloo she can never complete her role as the Fifth Element and all is lost.

  • About a The Fifth Element sequel (Maxim (US) September 2009): "No, I don't think so. And if there were one, there'd have to be another incarnation of my character. Leeloo has to stay forever the way she was. She's very special."
  • Complete script

  • World premiere was at the Cannes Film Festival on May 7, 1997

  • Complete explanation and dictionary of Leeloo's language

  • The Divine Language

  • N2 Toys planned on releasing The Fifth Element action figures in Winter 2002 (Picture 1, Picture 2) but did not due to licensing problems

  • Article from Premiere (May '97)

  • Article from Movieline (May '97)

  • Car race game based on The Fifth Element at www.nyrace.com

  • Audio clips from the film from moviesounds.com

  • Article about Leeloo's costume

  • Named for the one Milla's character Leeloo uses in The Fifth Element, a real life MultiPass is coming to London and Glasgow soon!

  • Pathé Distribution Ltd released The Fifth Element Special Edition DVD. The DVD extras include a commentary by the special effects team and documentaries chronicling the making of The Fifth Element. The DVD also contains Elements of Style, a featurette about the costumes by designers Jean-Paul Gaultier and Jean Giraud, which helped the film to become an awe-inspiring visual spectacle. Go behind the scenes with a look at the original designs by Jean-Claude Mezieres and learn how Besson persevered to get his childhood story onto celluloid to become one of the most influential movies of all time. The disc features a 2.35:1 Anamorphic Transfer along with Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 soundtracks.

    Extras include:

    • Special Effects audio commentary with Mark Stetson, Karen E. Goulekas, Bill Neil and Ron Gress
    • Making of Documentary - Discovering the Fifth Element
    • Special Effects Featurette - Imagining the Fifth Element
    • The Art of the Fifth Element with Jean-Claude Mezieres Featurette
    • An Audience with Diva Plavalaguna Featurette
    • Elements of Style - Jean-Paul Gaultier Featurette
    • Trailers and TV Spots
    • Launching the Fifth Element - the Cannes Opening Night Party
    • Storyboard and Production Notes
    • The Sixth Element Essay
    • More info about the DVD can be found here.
    • Buy Special Edition DVD from Amazon UK (Region 2/PAL)


Credits

[ For complete credits, check out the Internet Movie Database listing for The Fifth Element ]

Directed by Luc Besson
Written by Luc Besson
Music by Eric Serra
Costume designer: Jean Paul Gaultier

Cast (partial)
Milla Jovovich .... Leeloo
Bruce Willis .... Major Korben Dallas
Gary Oldman .... Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg
Ian Holm .... Priest Vito Cornelius
Chris Tucker .... Ruby Rhod

Plot summary: Based in the future, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) is a retired military officer who now drives a cab. He teams up with a perfect, supreme being named Leeloo (Milla) to save the world from an evil presence that enters the galaxy every 5,000 years. To do so, they need to locate four ancient stones representing the four basic elements of earth, air, fire, and water. They must overcome many obstacles including Milla's ancient language and customs, as well as the evil Zorg (Gary Oldman) and his mercenaries, to locate the stones and position them around the Fifth Element -- the only hope to save the Earth from the evil presence aimed directly at earth. However, without Korben's love for Leeloo she can never complete her role as the Fifth Element and all is lost.

Release dates:
Cannes Film Festival ... May 7, 1997
US ... May 9, 1997


Film stills (Courtesy of Ryan Scott):

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Cannes Film Festival:

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Cuyler Smith's "Cut Short" series (article)

Posters / DVD:

Ultimate Edition DVD:

Wallpapers:

Fan artwork:

The Office (US) October 29, 2009


The Fifth Element (1997)