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Godzilla (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 May 1998 (USA)
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A giant, reptilian monster has surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop this 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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Godzila  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roland Emmerich was hired in early 1996 because he promised to direct the film on a budget of less than $100 million, which was much less than the budget previous prospective directors had demanded. However, after the prominence Emmerich achieved after the box office success of Independence Day (1996), the budget was eventually increased to $130 million. See more »

Goofs

The cargo ship seen washed up on the shore after Tatopoulos examines the footprint is different to the ship attacked at the start of the film. The ship at the start has a single superstructure at its rear, whereas the washed up ship has front and rear superstructures. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Armageddon (1998) 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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One of the first "scary" movies I saw; a cherished childhood memory, actually
29 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really do, genuinely enjoy Godzilla. I have watched it on numerous occasions for a long time now and I always think it is an incredibly fun and entertaining movie. The first time I watched it though was when I was around four years young. It was one of the first, as I called it then, scary movies I watched.

I actually will never find the strength to call this film horrible, even though my opinions on it have of course lowered a lot over time, because I watched it when I was so little, and I thought it was the best movie ever. This film is still really enjoyable, because it's value doesn't decrease as much as the person who watches it entertainment does, but it still sickens me to know it has such a low rating and many look down on it, while really it should receive more appreciation.

I might have lowered my opinions on this film, but it is still a pleasing film that does not deserve the rating it has. I didn't see much of anything wrong with it, even now, and I just thought it was suspenseful and exciting, somewhat more suspenseful than a lot of other movies that have been made, with a lot of fun performances and excellent CGI. Godzilla, yet classified as a horror\suspense, was actually a touching film and was sad in some parts, as well. I will never understand how someone could hate a film that's just meant to be all around fun and enjoyment. It is still my favorite out of the original and newest remake.

Two thumbs up for Godzilla.


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