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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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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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Release Date:

20 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Godzila  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$120,700,000 (Non-US) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

£15,920,578 (UK) (2 October 1998)
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Trivia

Although often called a box-office bomb in America and also known to have under-performed in other places as well, the movie was highly successful and profitable in a lot of international markets, which helped it become the third highest-grossing movie of 1998. In some countries where the Japanese Godzilla franchise is unknown due to those movie not having been released there, it is still regarded as a classic monster movie. And while the monster has famously been renamed to Zilla due to bearing little to no resemblance to the original Godzilla, and is commonly bashed by American and Japanese Godzilla fans alike, it is actually the default and by far the best recognized depiction of Godzilla in other countries, whereas the original Godzilla character is seen as inferior and laughable. See more »

Goofs

(at around 24 mins) When the old man is fishing from the pier his line is reeling out quickly but his bobber is still just floating in front of him. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: I've always wanted to join the French Foreign Legion.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Deeper Underground
Written by Jay Kay and Toby Smith
Produced by Jay Kay
Performed by Jamiroquai
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited/S2/WORK
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I've had enough
2 December 1998 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Alright, I've had enough. Godzilla was a GREAT movie, and I'm just sick and tired of all the critics and others who view the movie as a complete disaster due to its lack of a story and other problems.

Personally, I don't care. The movie, from day one was meant to be just a big effects laden action movie. It's just for fun. I understood the story. The movie should just be viewed as a fun, blow everything up in your way movie. Don't be so hard. Sit back and enjoy.


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