MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 830 this week

Godzilla (1954)
"Gojira" (original title)

 -  Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  7 May 2004 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 12,651 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 149 user | 138 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director:

Writers:

, (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 08 Oct 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla (1954) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Godzilla.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, R.J. Kizer
Stars: Raymond Burr, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi
Frankenstein (1931)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff
Monkey Shines (1988)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates
The Host (2006)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Hae-il Park
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
Blade Runner (1982)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Rodan (1956)
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata
The Fury (1978)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan
Matango (1963)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada ...
Momoko Kôchi ...
Akihiko Hirata ...
...
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Professor Tanabe
Sachio Sakai ...
Newspaper Reporter Hagiwara
Toranosuke Ogawa ...
Nankai Shipping Company Manager
Ren Yamamoto ...
Masaji Sieji
Hiroshi Hayashi ...
Chairman of Diet Committee
Takeo Oikawa ...
Chief of Emergency Headquarters
Seijirô Onda ...
Parliamentarian Oyama
Tsuruko Mano ...
Mrs. Sieji
Toyoaki Suzuki ...
Shinkichi Sieji
Kokuten Kôdô ...
The Old Fisherman
Kin Sugai ...
Ozawa-san
Edit

Storyline

A 164-foot-tall (50-meter-tall) monster reptile with radioactive breath is revived, thanks to nuclear testing. It goes on a mad rampage, destroying Tokyo - can it be stopped? Should it be killed? Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

AWESOME!--and then some! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,030 (USA) (7 May 2004)

Gross:

$412,520 (USA) (17 December 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the original Godzilla designs was a monster with a head shaped like a mushroom, intended to recall images of mushroom clouds. A sketch of this design can be seen on the special edition "Gojira: The Original Japanese Masterpiece" DVD, and on the 2009 Godzilla (1954) Blu-Ray release. See more »

Goofs

Godzilla in his closeups is a hand-controlled puppet that looks different from the full-body suit. It has different eyes, more prominent spikes on its head, and the arms are much, much smaller. See more »

Quotes

Daisuke Serizawa-hakase: If my device can serve a good purpose, i would announce it to everyone in the world! But in its current form, it's just a weapon of horrible destruction. Please understand, Ogata!
Hideto Ogata: I understand. But if we don't use your device against Godzilla, what are we going to do?
Daisuke Serizawa-hakase: Ogata, if the oxygen destroyer is used even once, politicians from around the world will see it. Of course, they'll want to use it as a weapon. Bombs versus bombs, missiles versus missiles, and now a new superweapon to throw upon ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Why in God's Green Earth Isn't This Version Shown More?
28 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Finally, I had the pleasure of finally seeing the original Japanese version of this classic and I have to say that it is much better than the "Raymond Burr" version. This film pretty much makes one think about what we are doing to mother Earth with all the pollution and war going on. Perhaps the thing that made this film great was that not only did it have great effects, but it also had a great story that made a great social commentary on what could have happened if the arms race continued to go unchecked. Besides the story about Gojira, you also had a pretty decent love story. Akihiko Hirata, does a good job of playing Serizawa, who is really the tragic figure in this film who must decide whether or not to use his weapon, which potentially was more dangerous than the monster itself. This film is definitely one of the all time classics and fortunately the original version will be released on DVD in September 2006.


28 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Need Help Finding Title of Monster Film jbuckets
How is this not in the top 250? KesagakeBoy
Which other films are similar to this? EpsilonX
The original Japanese version and the American version kusho911
What should the new US Godzilla be an allegory to? liquidraven
Favorite Godzilla Film? sindustries_ltd
Discuss Godzilla (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?