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Godzilla (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 May 1998 (USA)
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop the monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.

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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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The city that never sleeps just got a wake-up call. See more »


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

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$136,023,813 (USA) (11 September 1998)
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Trivia

Co-writer and producer Dean Devlin admitted to "screwing up" Godzilla in a 2012 interview, where he claimed he had been a fan of the character since childhood. In a 2014 interview, he said that the script's two biggest faults were that Godzilla wasn't handled as a character but a mere animal, and that the backstories of the human characters were explained too late in the movie, by which time the viewers had already made up their minds about them. Nevertheless, though accepting the blame for the script's faults, he thinks that the hate against the movie had been blown out of proportion. See more »

Goofs

(at around 11 mins) When Dr. Niko is standing in his "sample" (i.e., the footprint), Colonel Hicks uses a ladder to climb out of the footprint, but they never descended a ladder to get into the footprint in the first place. A long shot of the scene reveals that all sides of the print are vertical - there is no sloped side that they could have walked down. See more »

Quotes

Philippe Roaché: [holding up a doughnut] No croissant?
Jean-Luc: No, monsieur.
Philippe Roaché: [slurps drink, groans] You call this coffee?
Jean-Luc: I call this America.
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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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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Written, Produced and Performed by Foo Fighters
Courtesy of Roswell Records/Capitol Records
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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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