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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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1998. The year of GODZILLA! See more »


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

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20 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Although the budget is estimated to have been $130,000,000, if we include the famously expansive US marketing, some speculate that the final number might reach up to $170,000,000. Merchandising released by the 250 business partners added approximately $150,000,000 to the movie's overall cost. Although the picture was a mild success, raking in close to $380,000,000 worldwide, this was much less than what the studio anticipated, and the tie-in merchandising produced disastrous sales, with one exception being the movie's highly successful soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

(at around 11 mins) The very first footprint (the one that Nick walks into) is clearly from a different animal than the ones that followed. The footprint is rather solid pad-like with protruding toe-like appendages whilst the ones that followed it are more talon-based phalanges or fingers. Much like the differences from an elephant's foot and a bird's. This is also the only time this footprint takes place. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: He's not some monster trying to evade you. He's just an animal. If you find what he wants, then he'll come to you.
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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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Referenced in Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Ultimatum (1999) See more »

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Written by Ben Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge
Produced by Brendan O'Brien
Performed by Ben Folds Five
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User Reviews

 
Does exactly what it says on the box ............ ENTERTAIN...
30 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Who are these people comparing this to the older Godzilla movies.. ? There is absolutely no comparison....this film stands on it's own and is a fast action paced, highly entertaining movie with special effects that were the best at the time.

You have to smile at the people who take the Godzilla mythology far too seriously. I had to smile when I read some of the reviews from the die hard Godzilla fans.

Personally, I don't care. The movie, from day one was meant to be just a big effects laden action movie. It's about comic book character.

AN EXCELLENT ENTERTAINING POPCORN MOVIE........BRILLIANT


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