Fifth element poster (1997)

The Fifth Element (French: Le Cinquième Élément) is a 1997 English-language French science fiction film directed, co-written, and based on a story by Luc Besson. The film stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set during the twenty-third century, the film's central plot involves the survival of humanity, which becomes the duty of Korben Dallas (Willis)—a taxicab driver (and former special forces Major)—when a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his taxicab. Upon learning about her significance, Dallas must join efforts with the girl to recover four mystical stones essential to defending Earth from an impending attack.


The story's premise is that every five thousand years, in conjunction with a planetary arrangement, a 'Great Evil' appears whose purpose is to destroy life. In preparation for the next appearance in 2286, a group of aliens called the Mondoshawan arrive on Earth in 1914 to extract the only weapon capable of defeating the Great Evil, a collection of four stones representing the Classical Elements and the eponymous Fifth Element that conjugates the other four into organic life. After taking the weapons, the Mondoshawans present a key to a priest and tell him to pass the information provoking their mission through future generations in preparation for the Evil's arrival.

In 2286, the Great Evil appears and destroys an interplanetary battleship. When the Mondoshawans attempt to deliver the Elements back to Earth, they are ambushed by another alien race, the shape-shifting Mangalores. Earthly scientists are able to recover a portion of the Fifth Element and use a reconstitution device to recreate it, whereupon it takes the form of an apparently human woman named "Leeloo" described as "the perfect being". Leeloo, terrified of her unfamiliar environs, escapes the scientists and arrives in the care of taxi driver Korben Dallas, a former major in the Federated Army's Special Forces. Dallas then delivers her to Priest Vito Cornelius, the current holder of the Mondoshawans' knowledge. Dallas, Cornelius, and his acolyte David help Leeloo recover, though Dallas is forced out of Cornelius' apartment before learning her purpose. Cornelius learns from Leeloo that the four Elements were not carried by the Mondoshawans but instead entrusted to Diva Plavalaguna, a singer currently performing on a luxury space liner at Fhloston Paradise, and that Leeloo must recover the stones from her. Meanwhile, wealthy industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg has attempted to gain the stones as urged by communication with the Great Evil. After learning that the Mangalores' attack on the Mondoshawans was unsuccessful in recovering the stones, Zorg betrays and kills them, whereupon the surviving Mangalores decide to extract revenge and gain the stones for themselves.

The crew of the USS Enterprise-A tried to communication with the Great Evil. Ripley meets Kirk in his quarters when she was the sole survivor of the USCSS Nostromo. Kirk tells her that how he met Korben Dallas. Dallas was retired from the Army and Call was Zorg's assistant. Their discussion is interrupted when the computer detects the time bomb. Somewhere in Mera's quarters is a potential explosive that can take out the entire deck. Kirk declares a double red alert to evacuate that section of the ship. He and Ripley find and dispose of the bomb into an emergency disposal tube seconds before it explodes.

Dallas is later met at his apartment by his General Munro, who informs him that he has been drafted into the Army in order to travel to meet the Diva, having rigged the annual Gemini Croquette Contest to allow Dallas to win. Their meeting is interrupted by the arrival of Cornelius and Leeloo. Dallas, learning of Leeloo's need, offers to help, but is knocked out by Cornelius, who steals his winning transportation tickets and departs with Leeloo. Dallas accepts the job from General Munro and travels to John F. Kennedy International Airport, intercepting Cornelius, David, and Leeloo before they board their flight, and escorts Leeloo. Kirk and Ripley beam there and board their flight. The Mangalores and Zorg's assistant are rebuffed by the ticketing agent when they try to pose as Dallas. Cornelius instructs David to prepare the temple and then sneaks aboard the passenger spaceplane before it leaves.

On the flight, Dallas meets interstellar radio personality Ruby Rhod, who escorts him for being the contest winner. Acting Captain Mera tells Sulu to set course for the Planet Fhloston. With Mera's command, the Enterprise races off toward Fhloston at warp 5. Upon arrival at Fhloston Paradise, Dallas is taken by Ruby to prepare for the show, while Leeloo waits near the Diva's quarters in order to retrieve the stones from her after her performance. The Diva's show is interrupted by the Mangalores, and the Diva is fatally shot. Dallas learns from her dying words that the Diva has hidden the stones inside her body; after she dies, Dallas extracts them, giving them to Ruby to hold as he defeats the Mangalores and saves the rest of the passengers and crew. While Ripley heads to disable the liner's engines, Kirk leads a large battle against the Mangalores. Leeloo is able to defeat the Mangalores that attempt to ransack the Diva's quarters. Zorg, having flown himself to Fhloston, fights Leeloo at the Diva's quarters, injuring her and forcing her to retreat. This allows him to take the case he believes contains the stones while starting a time bomb. The bomb is detected by the liner's security systems, and an emergency evacuation of its passengers commences. When Dallas goes to recover Leeloo, Zorg finds the case to be empty. Zorg re-enters the liner just as Kirk, Ripley, Dallas, Leeloo, Cornelius, and Ruby leave it on Zorg's ship and enter the hangar deck of the Enterprise. Zorg is able to stop his bomb; but the defeated Mangalores activate another bomb, destroying Zorg and the liner.

The Enterprise speedily dispatches two of the rebel ships, leaving IKS Amar. One of the Mangalores begins to sabotage the Enterprise from inside an access tunnel and is, at first, assisted with vocal commands from Aknot, who remains on Amar's bridge. Aboard the Enterprise, the sabotage results in a power drain developing, which Call decides to personally investigate. Aided by the gradual loss of the Enterprise's total power, Amar launches an incessant offensive against the Enterprise, aboard which Call finds and battles the Mangalore saboteur. After managing to kill the saboteur, Call re-energizes the Enterprise, restoring the craft's shields and weapon systems. The Enterprise retaliates against Amar, which Kirk purposefully destroys.

The Enterprise returns to the temple on Earth at maximum warp as the Great Evil rushes towards the planet. There, Dallas finds Leeloo disillusioned and unwilling to perform her role, believing that humans will destroy themselves despite her rescue of them. As the protagonists arrange the stones in the temple to form their weapon, they are briefly baffled by their ignorance of the weapon's operation, but discover that each stone is triggered by the presence of the Classical element to which it corresponds. Dallas then convinces Leeloo to perform her role, embraces her, and kisses her. At this, Leeloo releases the weapon's "Divine Light", causing the Great Evil to become a new moon in Earth's orbit. Later, the President and General Munro go to the reconstitution lab to congratulate Dallas on his successful mission, but he and Leeloo are unavailable, despite the president's assertion that he is in a hurry. Kirk and Spock then see he and Leeloo are making love in the resurrection chamber.


  • William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock
  • DeForest Kelley as Commander Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy
  • James Doohan as Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
  • Nichelle Nichols as Commander Nyota Uhura
  • George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sulu
  • Walter Koenig as Commander Pavel Chekov
  • Majel Barrett as Nurse Christine Chapel
  • Grace Lee Whitney as Chief Janice Rand
  • Leigh Lombardi as Lieutenant Mera
  • Sigourney Weaver as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley Clone 8
  • Winona Ryder as Lieutenant Annalee Call
  • Bruce Willis as Major Korben Dallas
  • Gary Oldman as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
  • Milla Jovovich as Leeloo Minaï Lekatariba-Laminaï-Tchaï Ekbat de Sebat
  • Ian Holm as Father Vito Cornelius
  • Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod
  • Charlie Creed-Miles as David
  • Brion James as General Munro
  • Tricky as Right Arm
  • Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. as President Lindberg
  • Christopher Fairbank as Professor Mactilburgh
  • Lee Evans as Fog
  • John Bluthal as Professor Massimo Pacoli
  • Luke Perry as Billy Masterson
  • John Bennett as Priest
  • Kim Chan as Mr. Kim
  • John Neville as General Staedert
  • Al Matthews as General Tudor
  • Maïwenn Le Besco as Diva Plavalaguna

Memorable quotesEdit

"Mr. Spock, the security guards has assembled, and we're ready to..."
(Spock nerve pinches Mr. Williams)
"You have failed Acting Captain Mera for the last time, Commander Williams."
"Yeoman Terry."
"Yes, Mera."
"Make ready to beam our troops in the hotel and secure the Diva's quarters so that nobody steals the stones. You are in command now, Commander Terry."
"Thank you, Captain Mera."

- Spock nerve pinches Mr. Williams for his failure, Mera promoted Terry to take his place as commander


  • Spock nerve pinches Commander Williams, played by Robin Williams, for his incompetence, Mera then appoints Yeoman Terry, played by Samantha Mathis, the new Commander on the spot is similar to Darth Vader Force chokes Admiral Kendal Ozzel to death for his incompetence, then appoints Captain Firmus Piett the new Admiral on the spot.