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Godzilla (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 May 1998 (USA)
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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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:






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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)


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| | (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matthew Broderick's character's name is Dr. Niko Tatopoulos. Godzilla's designer and supervisor is Patrick Tatopoulos. See more »


Upon showing the aftermath of Godzilla's first attack on New York there's a shot of the MetLife building with a huge hole torn right through the middle of it. But later there's a wide shot of the city showing the MetLife building completely intact. See more »


Philippe Roaché: What did you, see old man?
Japanese Tanker Cook: Gojira. Gojira.
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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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Running Knees
Written by Travis Meeks
Produced by Scott Litt
Performed by Days of the New
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

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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