The Fifth Element (French: Le Cinquième Élément) is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film, The Fifth Element was directed and co-written by Luc Besson. The Fifth Element stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Primarily set in the 23rd century, The Fifth Element 's central plot involves the survival of planet Earth, which becomes the responsibility of Korben Dallas (Willis), a taxicab driver and former special forces major, after a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his cab. Dallas joins forces with her to recover four mystical stones essential for the defence of Earth against an impending attack. Besson started writing the story that became The Fifth Element when he was 16 years old; he was 38 when The Fifth Element opened in cinemas. Besson wanted to shoot The Fifth Element in France, but suitable locations could not be found; filming took place instead in London and Mauritania. Comics writers Jean "Moebius" Giraud and Jean-Claude Mézières, whose comics provided inspiration for parts of The Fifth Element, were hired for production design. Costume design was by Jean Paul Gaultier. The Fifth Element received mainly positive reviews, although it tended to polarize critics. The Fifth Element has been called both the best and worst summer blockbuster of all time. The Fifth Element was a financial success, earning more than $263 million at the box office on a $90 million budget. At the time of its release The Fifth Element was the most expensive European film ever made, and The Fifth Element remained the highest-grossing French film at the international box office until the release of The Intouchables in 2011.
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