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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

 -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  27 April 1956 (USA)
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A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

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Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests. The interior is amazingly free of radiation effects, and they believe that they were ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Furankî Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa
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Momoko Kôchi ...
Emiko (as Momoko Kochi)
Akira Takarada ...
Akihiko Hirata ...
Sachio Sakai ...
Hagiwara
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Dr. Tabata
Ren Yamamoto ...
Seiji
Toyoaki Suzuki ...
Shinkichi
Tadashi Okabe ...
Dr. Tabata's Assistant
Toranosuke Ogawa ...
President of Company
Frank Iwanaga ...
Security Officer
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Storyline

When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it's rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Coventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay -- including Godzilla. But which disaster is worse, Godzilla's fury, or the death of Tokyo Bay? Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

27 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The Japanese version of the film received a Japanese Academy Award nomination for Best Picture but lost to Seven Samurai (1954). It did, however, win the award for Best Special Effects. It is the only Godzilla movie to receive a nomination for Best Picture. See more »

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As Steve Martin watches the "Godzilla" ceremony being performed on Odo Island, the same shots of the ceremony are repeated several times. See more »

Quotes

Steve Martin: [asking Officer Iwanaga]
Steve Martin: What is the name of this monster?
Old Man on Hill on Oto Island: Godzilla...
Security Officer Tomo Iwanaga: You hear that? Godzilla.
Steve Martin: So, they believe that this Godzilla is responsible for all the ship disasters?
Security Officer Tomo Iwanaga: They're certain of it!
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Crazy Credits

Many prints and videos have absolutely no credits, beyond the title at the start(with a clearly video-generated copyright notice below it) and a "The End" graphic at the close. As of 2006, Classic Media's release of the film in the Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters on DVD has the restored English credits. See more »

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Poor Tokyo!
17 February 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

The abuse and destruction unleashed on this Japanese city Tokyo is nothing short of epic in stature. The city, through the various romps of the titular character, literally swirls in flames, buildings fall at amazing speed , and just about every human form of transportation is reduced to rubble. This is the setting for much of the film, Godzilla - King of the Monsters. Despite being nothing more than a film with a man in a rubber suit trashing a miniature Tokyo set, this first Godzilla has much going for it. It is well-paced, and the action is engrossing and climactic. I saw the Americanized version with Raymond Burr, and thought Burr did a fine job playing foreign correspondent Steve Martin. Burr really helps create and add tension in the film with his narration and through the events we see through his eyes. The Japanese actors are very good as is the direction. Really the only low-point of the film for me was the inept dubbing, particularly the Brooklyn accent given to one of the chief Japanese scientists. Quite a gem!


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