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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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20 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

This Godzilla is part of the official Gojira mythos, renamed Zilla in Japan. It appeared in the movie Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (2004), as one of Godzilla's enemies. This decision has caused great confusion among fans and especially laypeople: is Zilla the new name of this movie's monster, or is Zilla merely a parody of it? And is it a separate character from the original Godzilla? Toho studios have stated multiple times that they consider this movie's rendition Godzilla, not a separate monster. Even the official monster icon on the Japanese home media release clearly labels the creature as "Godzilla", not "Zilla". As such, it technically counts as Godzilla. However, Toho have also said that any post-2004 depiction of the monster must be called Zilla instead of Godzilla. Thus, in a way, it can be said that they both are and aren't the same monster. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) After Godzilla jumps in the water, in the first scene when the camera passes by the first submarine, an American flag is clearly visible painted reversed onto its hull. No submarine in the US Navy, or any other navy, have flags painted on them. See more »

Quotes

Philippe Roaché: Okay, party's over. Time to leave.
[shoots out the window]
Philippe Roaché: Anyone care to join me?
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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 »

Connections

References The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Lose Control
Written by Hyde (as Hyde) & Ken Kitamura (as Ken)
Produced by L'Arc-en-Ciel and Hajime Okano
Performed by L'Arc-en-Ciel
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc.
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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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