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

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20 May 1998 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

The movie's intended look was not revealed to the public until the Blu-ray release in 2009. All previous versions contained a serious technical issue which lead to the computer generated graphics appearing sub-par. Dean Devlin explained that this was the result of the type of film tape they had wanted to print the movie onto being inaccessible at the time of its release. Thus, the movie was printed onto a different type of tape and shipped to cinemas with unfinished-looking effects. This was one of the reasons behind the movie's failure, as the effects did not live up to the hype. They were finally corrected digitally for the Blu-ray. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the chase scene near the movie's end, the advertisement light on the taxi roof is on/off between shots. In addition, sometimes it appears firmly fixed in place, while at other times it is obviously loose and sliding all over the roof. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: He's not some monster trying to evade you. He's just an animal. If you find what he wants, then he'll come to you.
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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 Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Danke Schoen
Written by Bert Kaempfert, Kurt Schwabach & Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler)
Performed by Fantastic Strings
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital by arrangement with Source/Q
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really, its not that bad!
9 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What were some of you expecting? Shakespeare? Tennesee Williams? Its a movie about a giant lizard in New York - just accept it for what it is! Its entertainment and no more - and on that level (at least for me) it works just fine! Its's not "realistic" enough? Again, how realistic is a giant lizard supposed to be? It's a FANTASY movie! Besides, I thought the special effects were pretty impressive! And its not as if the ORIGINAL Godzilla movies were good, with their actors in rubber suits and laughable, ridiculous "monsters" (gamera, mechagodzilla, etc etc)- the Godzilla in THIS movie was an animal, not a monster driven by a need to destroy things! I didn't think Matthew Broderick was bad at all

  • although I DID find Animal's girlfriend extremely irritating with her


shrill voice! Really, I didn't think this movie was bad at all - no, its not a profound meaningful work or art, but then who expected it to be? It's an enjoyable diversion - that's all anyone should expect!


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