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Destroy All Monsters (1968)
"Kaijû sôshingeki" (original title)

 -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  23 May 1969 (USA)
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Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo ...
SY-3 Captain Katsuo Yamabe
Jun Tazaki ...
Dr. Yoshido
Yukiko Kobayashi ...
Kyoko Manabe
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Dr. Otani
Kyôko Ai ...
Kilaak Queen
Andrew Hughes ...
Dr. Stevenson
Chôtarô Tôgin ...
Ogata
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
General
Kenji Sahara ...
Commander Nishikawa
Hisaya Itô ...
Major Tada
Yoshio Katsuda ...
Young Scientist
Heihachirô Ôkawa ...
Engineer (as Henry Okawa)
Ikio Sawamura ...
Old Farmer
Yutaka Sada ...
Police Officer
Hiroshi Okada ...
Doctor at hospital
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Aliens have released all the giant monsters from their imprisonment on Monster Land and are using them to destroy all major cities on the planet. It is up to the daring crew of the super rocket ship X-2 to infiltrate the aliens' headquarters before the Earth monsters and King Ghidrah annihilate the planet. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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monster | alien | island | rodan | godzilla | See more »

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The Monsters in in revolt. And the world is on the brink of destruction!! See more »


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23 May 1969 (USA)  »

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JPY 200,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Until Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), this movie featured more monsters than any other in the Godzilla series, with eleven total: Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Minya, Spiega (aka Kumonga), Baragon, Gorosaurus, Manda, and Varan! See more »

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The strings holding up Ghidorah's necks can be seen in a couple of shots. See more »

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Follows Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966) See more »

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Simply tremendous fun,possibly the essential Japanese monster movie
22 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Destroy All Monsters is one of the most sheerly entertaining Godzilla movies. The story,if derivative of Monster Zero,is large-scale and exciting {although the alien invasion idea would soon be done to death},the action is non-stop and the film features almost all the monsters from Toho films made up to that time. There is mass destruction,lazer gun shoot-outs,lots of barmy but cool ideas such as Monster Island,a place where all Earth's monsters are kept by scientists-how can the movie not be terrific entertainment?

There are a few flaws with the film which may not have been present if the Toho of 1964 had made it rather than the Toho of 1968. Although the story has the entire world threatened and several of Earth's cities destroyed,the budget did obviously not extend to allowing much of a depiction of this,bar some brief,unconvincing scenes. Also,a few of the monsters are only briefly shown,such as Varan {The Unbelievable},who appears only in two blink-and -you're-miss-them shots {the suit had been ruined and there was not enough money to buy a new one}. The film may therefore have actually been better with less monsters. However,criticisms of dullness are ridiculous,the film is constant action,which makes up for the lack of interesting human characters,and amazingly,the film is taken more seriously than many of the other Godzilla films,almost achieving the perfection of tone of Godzilla Vs Mothra. Of course,there are a few wonderfully stupid moments,like the sequence of our heroes severing a control device with a lazer which helariously goes on for ages. A shame the final Earth monsters vs Ghidorah fight is too short,but than Ghidorah did not really stand a chance!

Terrific fun,though,with a wonderful Akira Ifikube score featuring two of the most memorable kaiju themes! Not the best Godzilla film,but probably the most essential one to see!


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