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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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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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Release Date:

20 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Godzila  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

KB Toys dubbed itself "Godzilla Headquarters" around the time of the film's release. See more »

Goofs

Based on the width and depth of the Hudson River, it would be impossible for a Los Angeles Submarine to navigate submerged, let alone make high speed turns. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Hicks: Well, don't tell me what it isn't; tell me what the hell it is.
Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: Well, what do we know? Uh, it was first sighted off the French Polynesian Pacific. That area has been exposed to dozens of nuclear tests over the past 30 years.
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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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User Reviews

I thought this was fun. I don't know why people whine about it so much.
28 May 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Well, being a longtime fan of the GODZILLA/GOJIRA films as a youngster, I remember seeing this with great anticipation. I, unlike a lot of people, was not at all disappointed. This film was exactly what I was hoping it would be at the time. Sure, it certainly wasn't as charming or as funny as the films I loved as a kid, but it was a lot of fun. I loved the action scenes, the look of the monster was crazy to me, and the plot was simple enough for a first time viewer to get right into. Seeing it again 10 years later, I had the same reaction. My opinion of this film hasn't changed one bit. I guess everybody's complaints stem from how this has no charm or any kind of attempt at being cute or original. I guess that's understandable, but I still don't see what everybody's problem is. This was supposed to be a fun, exciting, and action packed thrill ride. That's all it is, no more, no less. I personally think that it succeeds at what it achieved to be perfectly. Matthew Broderick may not exactly be an action hero, but his character sure was quirky and funny. Jean Reno was as good as usual.


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