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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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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:

£15,920,578 (UK) (2 October 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

O'Neal is addressed as "sir" and is saluted to. Only officers are referred to in this manner. O'Neal is a sergeant, meaning he is enlisted and not an officer. See more »

Quotes

Audrey Timmonds: How close did you get to the thing?
Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: ...I got pretty close.
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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
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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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