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Godzilla (I) (1998)

PG-13  |   |  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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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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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


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,726,951 (USA) (22 May 1998)


£15,920,578 (UK) (2 October 1998)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were given partial writing credits for the film, despite the fact that their script was totally abandoned when Roland Emmerich was assigned to direct. See more »


When the cab is stuck in the Park Avenue tunnel, Godzilla tears up the road in front of the cab, later, when the cab takes off, the road is fine. See more »


[about breaking up with Nick]
Audrey Timmonds: It's been eight years. Some people change.
Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: Most people don't.
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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 »


References Lost in Space (1998) See more »


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Written by Jay Kay and Toby Smith
Produced by Jay Kay
Performed by Jamiroquai
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One of the first "scary" movies I saw; a cherished childhood memory, actually
29 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really do, genuinely enjoy Godzilla. I have watched it on numerous occasions for a long time now and I always think it is an incredibly fun and entertaining movie. The first time I watched it though was when I was around four years young. It was one of the first, as I called it then, scary movies I watched.

I actually will never find the strength to call this film horrible, even though my opinions on it have of course lowered a lot over time, because I watched it when I was so little, and I thought it was the best movie ever. This film is still really enjoyable, because it's value doesn't decrease as much as the person who watches it entertainment does, but it still sickens me to know it has such a low rating and many look down on it, while really it should receive more appreciation.

I might have lowered my opinions on this film, but it is still a pleasing film that does not deserve the rating it has. I didn't see much of anything wrong with it, even now, and I just thought it was suspenseful and exciting, somewhat more suspenseful than a lot of other movies that have been made, with a lot of fun performances and excellent CGI. Godzilla, yet classified as a horror\suspense, was actually a touching film and was sad in some parts, as well. I will never understand how someone could hate a film that's just meant to be all around fun and enjoyment. It is still my favorite out of the original and newest remake.

Two thumbs up for Godzilla.

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