A Mangalore backpack from the production of Luc Besson’s 1997 sci-fi spectacular The Fifth Element.
In the future, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) - an unsuspecting cab driver – finds himself at the centre of a massive hunt for a cosmic weapon of unbridled power, and must protect the newly created Leeloo (Milla Jovovich).
These backpacks can be seen being worn throughout the movie by the shape-shifting Mangalores, hired by the evil industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman). This particular piece is identified as a background soldier's as it was not fitted with servos that the hero backpacks were equipped with to operate the animatronic heads, as they were recycled for various effect pieces on Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.
This item is made of foam, coated with latex and heavily 'weathered' to achieve its 'reptilian' yet futuristic style. The reverse has two black Velcro© strips from where it would have been attached to the actors’ costume, with a label stating “JM 4 BACKGROUND HEAD”. Also attached are two foam strips on the inside so the pack can sit correctly and comfortably on the actors’ back. This piece has minor production-used wear including some scuffs and scratches but is in otherwise very good condition.
Materials: Latex, Velcro©, Man-Made Woven Fibres.
Item size - 24.8" x 11.81" x 3.15" (63cm x 30cm x 8cm)
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.