MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,489 this week

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

 -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  27 April 1956 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 4,503 users  
Reviews: 83 user | 42 critic

A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 18 May 2011
 
list image
a list of 23 titles
created 24 Feb 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 20 Sep 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Godzilla, King of the Monsters!.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Apelike aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

Director: Jun Fukuda
Stars: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.

Director: Takao Okawara
Stars: Takurô Tatsumi, Yôko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.

Director: Jun Fukuda
Stars: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi, Minoru Takashima
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After rising from his volcanic grave, Godzilla is threatened by a mutated rosebush.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori
Stars: Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu Takashima
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked TÃ'kyÃ' in 1954 to stop the beast.

Director: Masaaki Tezuka
Stars: Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Kana Onodera
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The United Nations assembles the ultimate weapon to defeat Godzilla, while scientists discover a fresh pteranodon egg on a remote Japanese island.

Director: Takao Okawara
Stars: Masahiro Takashima, Ryoko Sano, Megumi Odaka
Godzilla (1954)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.

Director: Motoyoshi Oda
Stars: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, R.J. Kizer
Stars: Raymond Burr, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi
Planet Terror (2007)
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin
Godzilla (1977)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Directors: Luigi Cozzi, Ishirô Honda, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Raymond Burr, Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kôchi
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Makes KING KONG look like a Midget! See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

27 April 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original U.S. theatrical release) | (television) | (Unrated Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Several months before this film received its editing job, the original Japanese version of Godzilla (1954) was shown on a limited release in the United States. See more »

Goofs

The TV in Dr. Serizawa's laboratory goes from being off to playing with no one turning it on (the scene with the schoolchildren singing). See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Steve Martin: The menace was gone... so was a great man. But the whole world can wake up and live again.
See more »

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
NOT the original, but the first Hollywood rip-off
1 July 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Dear Godzilla,

I decided to look into a piece of film history today, so I watched Godzilla: King of the Monsters for about the fifth time. I realize that your decision to permit this film was made early in your career, before you had established the the status of a legend, and that you might have felt the American cinemarket might not be ready for the biggest, hottest star ever produced off the coast of Japan, but I have to say that I think this entire film was a mistake.

The pasted in Raymond Burr scenes are awful and dull, and the voice-over narrative is unnecessary and distracting. You look great, of course, with the exception of one scene - about midway through the film, after you've been reanimated by nuclear testing and the paleontologists have recognized you as the missing link between Jurassic terrestrial and marine reptiles - when, for some reason, you appear as an unmoving silhouette in the background looming over a burning, wrecked Tokyo.

My complaints regarding this film all stem from its Americanization. I really don't understand why you allowed so many American scenes to be added to the film, and why you waived the right to review the script. Gojira was a much better film, of course, and time has told that tale well.

With Undying Affection,

~M


21 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What IS Godzilla? DrHugoZHackenbush
Does anyone else cry at the end? montaukgirl18
needs a Colorized version mclancey21
Godzilla Bad in Original,Good in Sequels? T2-Judgement-Day
True Version? relientk_jewel
Funniest movie scream ever smegbug2
Discuss Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?