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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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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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Sony's studio executives only saw the movie three weeks before its release. They recognized it was not what they had hoped for, and expected it to bomb. This lead to them expanding their marketing, to ensure a strong theatrical opening. In the end, the movie on its own was a financial success, but the large budget and the extra money put into the promotions meant that it made significantly less than initially anticipated, and the tie-in merchandising campaign was a disaster, with the products barely selling. Although the movie made back more than twice its reported budget, the enterprise as a whole was a wasted effort, which is why no sequel was produced. See more »

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(at around 2h) After Madison Square, characters drive toward the Brooklyn Bridge because it's "the closest suspension bridge" to their location. In fact, they'd have to pass the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges - both suspension bridges - to get to the Brooklyn Bridge. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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