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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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


1998. The year of GODZILLA! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,726,951 (USA) (22 May 1998)


£15,920,578 (UK) (2 October 1998)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Harry Shearer's character, Charles Caiman, is a reference to a crocodile type lizard, the Caiman, native to S. America. See more »


(at around 7 mins) The military helicopter that picks up Tatopoulos from Chernobyl at the beginning of the movie is an American built Piasecki H-21, known also as "flying banana." However, neither Ukraine nor the former USSR ever possessed or used this type of helicopter. See more »


Charles Caiman, WIDF Anchor: Ladies and Gentlemen, we New Yorkers like to believe we've seen it all... what you're going to see right now will shock you beyond belief. This is, uh, footage we have that indicates that there is a *dinosaur* loose in Manhattan.
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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 »


Referenced in Sex and the City: Bay of Married Pigs (1998) See more »


Written by David Bowie & Brian Eno
Produced by Andrew Slater
Performed by The Wallflowers
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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I thought it was great...
6 September 1999 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

As opposed to most people, I thought this movie was excellent. You can't watch the movie and expect's Godzilla. You have to appreciate the work that went into making this creature look so lifelike. This movie had spectacular special effects and a pretty decent story line. I thought this movie was great. I didn't find the acting to be all that bad. I would recommend watching this movie before you come to any conclusions.

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