The Fifth Element
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The Fifth Element
France 1997

Directed by

Brion James
Charlie Creed-Miles
John Bluthal
Kim Chan
Al Matthews
John Bennett
Tim McMullan
Christopher Adamson
Sibyl Buck
Running time:126 minutes 1
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Sight & Sound July nr. 7 1997


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Two hundred and fifty years in the future, life as we know it is threatened by the arrival of Evil. Only the fifth element can stop the Evil from extinguishing life, as it tries to do every five thousand years. She is helped by ex-soldier, current-cab-driver, Korben Dallas, who is, in turn, helped by Prince/Arsenio clone, Ruby Rhod. Unfortunately, Evil is being assisted by Mr. Zorg, who seeks to profit from the chaos that Evil will bring, and his alien mercenaries.

Books with substantial mentioning of The Fifth Element
Beth A. Fhaner (editor), Devra M. Sladics and Jeff Hermann (Contributing Editors)
Magill's Cinema Annual 1998, 17th Edition. A Survey of the Films of 1997
Detroit; London, 1998
Articles on The Fifth Element
Nigel Floyd, Infinite city, in: Sight & Sound, nr. 6 (June), 1997 pp. 6-8
Stella Bruzzi, On Jean-Paul Gaultier's costumes, in: Sight & Sound, nr. 6 (June), 1997 pp. 9
Kim Newman, The Fifth Element, in: Sight & Sound, nr. 7 (July), 1997 pp. 39-40