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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! -- A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks T�ky�.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! -- A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks T�ky�.

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Writers:
Takeo Murata (screen play) &
Ishirô Honda (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
27 April 1956 (USA) See more »
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Makes KING KONG look like a Midget! See more »
Plot:
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Hollywood destroys Godzilla See more (87 total) »

Cast

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Raymond Burr ... Steve Martin

Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Yamane
Momoko Kôchi ... Emiko (as Momoko Kochi)
Akira Takarada ... Ogata
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Serizawa
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikel Conrad ... George Lawrence (uncredited)
Hiroshi Hayashi ... (uncredited)

James Hong ... Ogata / Serizawa (voice) (uncredited)
Ren Imaizumi ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Kuninori Kôdô ... Old Man on Hill on Oto Island (uncredited)
Tsuruko Mano ... The Boy's Mother [Bit] (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Man in Line at Airport (uncredited)

Haruo Nakajima ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Takeo Oikawa ... Chief of Emergency Headquarters (uncredited)
Kenji Sahara ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
Kin Sugai ... (uncredited)
Ryosaku Takasugi ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Katsumi Tezuka ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Sammee Tong ... Dr. Yamane (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishirô Honda  (as Ishiro Honda)
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
 
Writing credits
Takeo Murata (screen play) &
Ishirô Honda (screen play) (as Ishiro Honda)

Shigeru Kayama (original story)

Al C. Ward  english version

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer: Japanese material
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Masao Tamai 
 
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse (supervising editor) (as Terry Morse)
 
Production Design by
Satoru Chûko 
 
Art Direction by
Satoru Chûko  (as Satoru Chuko)
Takeo Kita 
 
Set Decoration by
George Rohr 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ira Webb .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound
Arthur B. Smith .... sound (as Art Smith)
 
Special Effects by
Kuichirô Kishida .... special photographic effects (as Kuichiro Kishida)
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special photographic effects
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special photographic effects
Akira Watanabe .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Roe .... cinematographer: American footage
 

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Also Known As:
"Godzilla" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
80 min (original U.S. theatrical release version) | USA:78 min (television version) | 98 min (Unrated Extended Edition)
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Trivia:
In the original Godzilla (1954), the electrical barrier is stated to contain 50,000 volts, which was actually the voltage rating of just one line. In the American version, the voltage was upped to three million volts because director Terry O. Morse felt no one would believe 50,000 volts could even faze Godzilla.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Steve Martin and friend fly to Odo Island, the shot of them sitting in the helicopter was obviously filmed in front of a regular wall (the roof does not curve as it would in a helicopter, but instead goes straight up).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.
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Hollywood destroys Godzilla, 2 September 2009
Author: sme_no_densetsu from Canada

"Godzilla, King of the Monsters" is a low-budget Hollywood re-working of the Japanese original ("Gojira") including newly shot scenes featuring American actor Raymond Burr. It was this version that catapulted Godzilla to worldwide fame but in my opinion it's no match for the original.

The story is pretty much the same as the original, though the chronology is a little different. Basically, Godzilla's rest has been disturbed by atomic testing and he intends to exact his vengeance on mankind. In this case, most of the story is told in flashback with Godzilla already having trampled most of Tokyo when the movie opens. Besides the lure of wanton destruction, the story also offers deeper meaning as an allegory for atomic warfare though this aspect of the film is more prevalent in the original version.

Raymond Burr isn't bad but he didn't exactly have award-winning material to work with. In all of his scenes he's basically just an observer, though he does provide some handy narration as well. He's usually teamed with an apparent Japanese-American actor who seems only slightly less out of place. Elsewhere, doubles are used to create the impression that Burr is interacting with the actors from the original film.

The film isn't too badly edited but the use of doubles and dubbing is pretty easy to spot. There were a few times when I couldn't help but laugh at the new footage but for the most part I think that the filmmakers did about as good of a job as they could with the approach that they chose. As for the original special effects, they're not exactly impressive but they're still somewhat appealing in a simplistic sort of way.

In the end, if you haven't seen the original version, don't bother with this one. In my opinion, this movie's only worthwhile as a comparison to the original Japanese film. It's not bad enough to be 'so bad it's good'; it's only bad enough to be tedious.

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