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The Fifth Element
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Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Luc Besson
Release Date 1997
Language English
Studio Gaumont
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Korben Dallas Bruce Willis
Leeloo Milla Jovovich
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg Gary Oldman
Father Vito Cornelius Ian Holm
Ruby Rhod Chris Tucker
Billy Luke Perry
General Munro Brion James
Mugger Mathieu Kassovitz



The following weapons were used in the film The Fifth Element:

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AKS-74U (as the "Zorg ZF-1 Pod Weapon System")

Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) makes a deal with the Mangalores that involves selling them his company's new Zorg ZF-1 pod weapons system. The ZF-1 contains a machine gun with a feature Zorg calls the "replay button" which uses one shot as a lock-on point for guided bullets, rocket launcher, arrow launcher, net launcher, flamethrower (Zorg's favorite), and the "all-new Ice Cube System" that sprays what is presumably liquid nitrogen. Simon Atherton, the armorer who designed and built the weapons used in The Fifth Element, has said in an interview for a science-fiction magazine that firing versions of the ZF-1 were built around 5.45x39mm AKS-74U carbines. It is also possible to see the AKS-74U magazine on the weapon in some scenes. In scenes where the ZF-1 is not fired, inert models are used instead; the blank firing ZF-1 can be distinguished by an ejection port on the right side of the upper body shell. Each individual function of the ZF-1 during the demonstration is actually a separate prop which only has that single function: the main assembly of each of the 15-pound props is made from machined aluminum, with the body shells made from fiberglass. Among the various parts at the front of every prop are several industrial piping fittings: this appears to have been done so that functional versions using air or fuel lines would not look different to the other props. None of the props have the ability to fold down to the pod form, and the folded weapons are separate prop shells. The effect of the weapon unfolding when Zorg first introduces it appears to have been accomplished using a stop-motion model.

It is not clear what happened to the blank-firing ZF-1 after the film was made, but the firing "hero" flamethrower ZF-1 is currently owned by Prop Store: this includes a metal fuel line inside the body that was linked to an external gas supply, using a small butane torch (which is present on all of the props) as an igniter. The version with the functional arrow launcher, which includes a compressed air line and drawstring trigger to be operated from off-screen by an armorer, was also in their possession but was sold at auction in 2015 for £25,000.

AKS-74U - 5.45x39mm
Promotional image of one of the blank-firing ZF-1s; note the single barrel opening and AK magazine visible below the "ice cube system" barrel. The lower part of the pop-up scope, interestingly enough, is the lower engineering section of a 1:677 scale plastic model of the starship Voyager from Star Trek, made by Monogram.
‎Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) demonstrates the capabilities of the "Zorg ZF-1" to a group of Mangalores. The large yellow rocket is the front of an Estes Bullpup 12D flying model rocket.
First, he demonstrates the "replay" feature, firing a single shot and then fully automatic fire in the opposite direction.‎ Note the firing version's ejection port just ahead of the "arrow launcher" bulge on the right side, not present in the previous shot. The inert models also have multiple openings in the front of the barrel while the firing props have only one for the real barrel.
‎Further demonstration of the replay feature, showing the special effect of the guided bullets arcing in mid air. Given Zorg's personality, their being guided and still tracers makes perfect sense.
‎"Arrow launcher, with exploding or poisonous gas heads."
Flamethrower feature.‎
‎"Ice-Cube System" feature, accomplished using a combination of a compressed air line and a fog machine.
‎The Mangalores forgot to ask what the red button is for...

Korben's Handgun (Vektor CP1)

The handgun used by Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) and Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) throughout the film appears to be a visually modified Vektor CP1 pistol.

Vektor CP1 - 9x19mm (Base weapon)
Screen Used Gun
Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) pulls the handgun on a robber.
Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) pulls the handgun on Korben.‎
Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) points the handgun at Korben.‎

Mangalore handgun (Vektor CP1)

The Vektor CP1 pistol also appears to be the basis for the Mangalore handgun. Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) also is seen using this handgun when "negotiating" with the lead Mangalore, Aknot.

Vektor CP1 - 9x19mm
The Mangalore handgun
Aknot holds his handgun on Priest Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm)‎
Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) also is seen using this handgun when "negotiating" with Aknot.‎

AK-47

The Mangalore assault rifles props were built around the AK-47 series assault rifles.

AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
A Mangalore with a modded AK-based assault rifle.
Korben wields one of the assault rifles along with a Mangalore pistol.‎

WZ.83 Pallad D (As the 'ZF-140')

The ZF-140 assault gun the mugger (Mathieu Kassovitz) pointed at Korben Dallas is a dressed up Polish WZ.83 Pallad D Grenade Launcher. Two AK mags were mounted at an angle and the underfolding stock was covered by a rubber motorcycle fork gaiter.

WZ.83 Pallad D - 40x46mm.
‎"Give me the casssshhhhh!" The mugger (Mathieu Kassovitz) with a 'ZF-140' assault gun.
Corbin puts away the ZF-140.‎

Calico M960

A visually modified Calico M960 is used by one of the Mangalores disguised as humans to shoot at NYPD officers at JFK International Airport.

Calico M960 - 9x19mm
A disguised Mangalore opens fire with a modded Calico.‎

Browning M2HB

The heavy machine gun used by the Mangalores onboard the Fhloston Paradise space liner is a Browning M2 heavy machine gun. The Browning M2 used in the film has a shortened barrel and was fitted with rockets, flexible metal hoses and a ballistic shield to make the weapon look more futuristic.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG.
Mangalores man the heavy machine gun turret.‎
‎Cocking the heavy machine gun.

"NYPD" Weapon

The NYPD is seen using a futuristic handgun of some sort as their main weapon. It's also used by the crew of the Fhloston Paradise space liner during the assault by the Mangalores. It is never seen being fired and is likely just a fabricated prop.

‎An NYPD officer wields the pistol.
Crewmembers of the Fhloston Paradise‎ wield the pistols.

Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer

A Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer machine pistol is used by Billy Masterson (Luke Perry) in Egypt in 1914. While it looks appropriate for the time period, the Schnellfeuer was produced in the early 1930s and is thus an anachronism. That said however, it is the only real weapon in the film not buried in Hollywood embellishments to pass for a futuristic or alien weapon.

Mauser M712 - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A Mauser M712 machine pistol is used by Billy (Luke Perry) in Egypt in 1914.‎

Steyr AUG

A modified Steyr AUG rifle can be seen among the weapons Korben Dallas has collected from various sources at his apartment.

Steyr AUG - 5.56x45mm
A modded Steyr AUG‎ is seen on Korben's weapons rack.

Colt Commando

A modified Colt Commando can be seen among Korben Dallas' gun collection.

XM177E2 Colt Commando - 5.56x45mm
A modded Colt Commando is seen on Korben's weapons rack.‎

Norinco Type 56-1

A visually modified Norinco Type 56-1 rifle is seen in the hands of a Fhloston Paradise space liner crew member when Korbin Dallas (Bruce Willis) and Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker) are heading to the ship's control room.

Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
A crew member takes cover with a modded Type 56-1.



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