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Godzilla (I) (1998)

 -  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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lizard | panama | french | scientist | military | See more »

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1998. The year of GODZILLA! See more »


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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

When the soldiers search the log for cab MN 44's frequency we see that the driver of cab MN 43 is named Len Wiseman. Len Wiseman is the property assistant on several Roland Emmerich films and has since gone on to direct feature films of his own. Another driver's name is Scott Collins. Scott Edward Collins was another property assistant on the movie. See more »

Goofs

Although Godzilla's size remains mostly consistent throughout the film (with the apparent size changes being illusions given by camera tricks) there are still a few instances where it does change: examples are the scene where Godzilla's eye opens behind a soldier and one of the shots of its appearance during the first fish bait sequence. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: What's with the chewing gum?
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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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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.

Thumbs up for Godzilla.


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