The Fifth Element
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Continuity mistake: When the priest is telling Billy to put down the gun, the camera angle from the back shows his left hand making the motion to put the gun down. The camera angle changes to the front and his right hand is now making the motion. (00:11:20)

MCKD

Continuity mistake: When the technicians are changing the radioactive fuel of the shuttle, they find shaking bugs and start to burn them. The bugs aren't shaking in one shot. (01:17:10)

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: During the missile barrage on the dark planet, one of the soldiers says, "The planet has increased in diameter by 200%." That means that the diameter would be triple the original size, but it's obvious from the missile impact animations that it hasn't grown anywhere near that much. (00:16:30)

Phoenix

Continuity mistake: As Korben and Ruby ascend the stairs to the opera house, during the chase shot we can see all of their backs, but both before and after there are people behind them that would make this impossible. (01:26:20)

Phoenix

Continuity mistake: When David is waiting for the priest and Leeloo before attempting to board the shuttle to Phloston Paradise, he is chewing on the nail of his index finger. The shot changes to show a different angle of him and he is now chewing on his thumbnail with no time for him to have changed position.

Guy

Continuity mistake: When Billy trips on his equipment bag, he fires the gun in an arc that goes up and slightly left. The sparks on the alien go from the center up and to the right.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: As Leeloo gets off the ship at Fhloston Paradise, in one shot she is looking slightly to her left and in the next shot from behind she is looking to the right. (01:22:40)

Phoenix

Continuity mistake: The shadow of the dark planet is heading in the direction of the sun, instead of away from it, in the scene where the dark planet is approaching the temple. (01:54:55)

Continuity mistake: When Dallas hangs the coffee pot to brew, it's hung at an angle of about 20°. A few seconds later, it's righted itself to a level position and the handle changes to silver lined.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: When Zorg is showing the the guns to the Mangalores, he is seen shooting the Police dummy, and when he turns to show them that every shot fired afterwards goes to the same place, he is seen starting to fire from his right to the left, but when the camera angle changes he is seen starting from the right again. (00:49:35)

MCKD

Continuity mistake: When Leeloo is drying her shirt after being in the autowash, she is seen starting to put on the shirt and when the camera angle changes the shirt is on.

MCKD

Continuity mistake: When Zorg is giving the weapons to the Mangalores in exchange for the stones there is a jump-cut. The jump cut occurs exactly in the middle of when Zorg opens the case then closes it. If you watch it closely you will notice the objects shift position. (00:50:15)

Continuity mistake: When Korben is activating the Fire stone, shots on his face show the match level, but shots on the other three show the match angled toward the stone. (01:57:05)

Phoenix

Continuity mistake: When the Diva is shot and she begins to fall, her arms are outstretched with her palms facing up. The shot changes to behind her and she continues her fall, her palms now face down.

Guy

Continuity mistake: When Corben bails on the 5-0 (in his taxi with Leeloo), he yanks the police car's winch right out of the car (which resulted in dragging the winch, as well as the entire length of the cable behind his taxi). In the next shot showing his car (4 police cars chasing him down the "street"), the cable and winch have disappeared. (00:36:00)

Tony Martin

Continuity mistake: When Zorg is first seen walking, and the screen only shows his legs, there is an audible clank as he steps with his RIGHT leg. After that, the clank is heard from his left foot. (00:47:10)

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Korben Dallas: Finger, I was just on my way over to see you, when this big fare fell in my lap. You know, one of these really big fares that you just can't resist?
Finger: Ah. How big?
Korben Dallas: 5"9', blue eyes, long legs, great skin. You know, perfect.
Finger: Uh-hu, I see. And this perfect fare, she got a name?
Korben Dallas: Yeah. Leeloo.

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Trivia: When composer Éric Serra showed Inva Mula, the Albanian soprano who was going to sing the Diva Dance, the sheet music for that part, apparently she laughed and said that it was impossible for the human voice to switch from high to low notes that quickly. She got her way: The part that ended up in the film is not a single piece of audio, rather it's several pieces stitched meticulously together.

Friso94

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Question: The Diva gets to perform only one song of her concert before she is mortally gunshot in the abdomen. Almost simultaneously, Zorg sets a time-bomb to detonate in 20 minutes. Korben removes the stones from the Diva's dead body and barely escapes from the Fhloston cruise liner before it explodes 20 minutes later. Korben and his party immediately fly at hyperspeed straight to Earth and set the stones in place with only 5 minutes to spare. If they had followed the original plan without interruption and the Diva hadn't been unexpectedly murdered, she would have proceeded with the remainder of her concert, lasting an indeterminate amount of time; thereafter, presumably, she would have to undergo surgery to remove the stones from her body and deliver them to Korben, all of which would have taken far too long for him to save the Earth, correct?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: Not necessarily. Remember that the evil sped up once he knew Zorg was dead and the team had the stones. And we don't know how the Diva was going to get the stones out.

Greg Dwyer

Answer: At the end of the Diva's big number she bows, and they close the big curtains behind her displaying the amazing view. Maybe that was it, one big epic song. Plus, she asked Leeloo to wait in the hallway for her which seems kind of rude if it's the longer concerts we think of, so I don't think she planned on being that long. The Diva definitely gave off the mystic physic vibe so maybe she knew her fate. However, that would mean that she told Leeloo to wait in the hallway knowing she wasn't coming back, and maybe even knew the big beasties would show up. Either way you are correct about the dramatic timing issues all around in this movie, not that I mind.

Nikita Moon

Answer: The Diva already knew her fate... she knew it was her last song and fate would unfold the way it did.

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