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Godzilla (I) (1998)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  20 May 1998 (USA)
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An enormous, radioactively mutated lizard runs rampant in Manhattan.

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Storyline

Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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lizard | panama | french | scientist | military | See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi monster action/violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Godzila  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$120,700,000 (Non-US) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

£15,920,578 (UK) (2 October 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

'Dean Devlin (I)' maintains that the tag-line for this movie, "Size Does Matter," was meant simply to differentiate the movie from Jurassic Park (1993) - hence the original "museum" trailer - but that the advertisers for the studio took it too far with their over-zealous campaign (e.g. "His foot is as long as this bus"). The ads became the biggest focus of the backlash against the movie. Most notable was a temporary page set up by the programmers for the website of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) that mocked the "Godzilla" green glow and read "Plot Does Matter." However, when The Phantom Menace was released, Star Wars fans mocked George Lucas for making a Star Wars film where plot did not seem to matter as much as special effects. Another backlash came from Spielberg's DreamWorks trailer for Small Soldiers (1998), featuring a giant lizard being hog-tied by a group of action figures. This trailer has the tag-line, "Size doesn't matter." See more »

Goofs

The device that makes the cars jump can be seen under the nearest car during the mayor's speech. See more »

Quotes

Audrey Timmonds: How close did you get to the thing?
Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: ...I got pretty close.
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Crazy Credits

Various effects that appeared as green film scratches (but were not, in fact, scratches) showed up periodically over the credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Out There
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Written by James Bacchi and Mark DiCarlo
Performed by Fuzzbubble (James Bacchi, Jason Camiolo, Mark DiCarlo and Brett Rothfeld)
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Okay, I'm going to be like everybody else and hate this just to be trendy and sheep-minded!!!
20 February 2000 | by (Last House on the Left) – See all my reviews

No, I don't think so! I'm still not clear why the American public despises this so much. Can you say "bandwagon"? IT IS NOT BAD AT ALL! What did you people expect? The Sound of Music??? I went in this movie to see awesome special effects, good use of digital surround sound, and stunts. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I GOT!!! "Oh man, but the dialogue, the acting, blah blah blah". Oh yeah, I forgot THAT'S why I was seeing this movie! And I saw American Beauty for the action, Shakespeare in Love for the stunts, and Gandhi for the special effects! STOP TRYING TO DRAW BLOOD FROM A STONE! If you don't know exactly what your $9 is getting you into when you walked up to the box-office, maybe you should have stayed home and watched Nick at Nite!!!

Rating: an unashamed, much deserved 10 out of 10!!!


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