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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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1998. The year of GODZILLA! See more »

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  »

Filming Locations:


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patrick Tatopoulos, the Godzilla designer and supervisor, created a mechanically operated suit for the monster as well as scale models, but in a 1998 interview, Volker Engel, the visual effects supervisor, estimated that less than ten percent of the effects shots featuring Godzilla used prosthetic and mechanical effects. See more »


Jet aircraft cannot fly so close behind each other when in a line formation; the engine exhaust from the first Jet would extinguish the seconds jet engine, having momentarily eaten up all the oxygen in that path. See more »


Homeless Guy: Hey, Joe! Gonna catch one of them little fish in the East River?
Old Fisherman: I hope so.But you never know.I mean, today could be my lucky day.
Homeless Guy: The only thing you'll catch is a cold.
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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 »


Referenced in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »


Out There
Written by James Bacchi and Mark DiCarlo
Performed by Fuzzbubble (James Bacchi, Jason Camiolo, Mark DiCarlo and Brett Rothfeld)
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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.


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