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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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Tagline:
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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The greatest and most realistic of the 50s creature features. See more (92 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 Tomo Iwanaga
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mikel Conrad ... George Lawrence (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Unidentified Character (voice) (uncredited)
Hiroshi Hayashi ... (uncredited)

James Hong ... Ogata / Serizawa (voice) (uncredited)
Ren Imaizumi ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Kokuten 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
Joseph E. Levine .... producer: US material
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer: Japanese material
Terry Turner .... producer: US material
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Guy Roe (US material)
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
 
Editorial Department
Terry Morse Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 

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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) | USA:69 min (television) (re-issue)
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Trivia:
The working title for the American version before the "King of Monsters" was added was "Godzilla, the Sea Monster".See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During one scene where Godzilla breathes his radioactive fire, the nozzle that provides the spray can clearly be seen inside his mouth.See more »
Quotes:
George Lawrence:[on phone] How are they going to drop death bombs on something they can't see?
Steve Martin:Same way they find submarines. Sonar. Oh they'll find it, the question is will they be able to kill it?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The greatest and most realistic of the 50s creature features., 31 August 2011
Author: kevinxirau from United States

Godzilla is truly a legendary icon who has really stood the test of time for more than fifty years. His first film back in 1954 was very serious compared to most monster movies at the time. Most agree that it's a typical story of a prehistoric creature mutated by radiation rising up to challenge the world with his newfound power, but it's a little more than that. How so? Everything seems to be taken seriously by both filmmakers and the characters in the story. In this U.S. version, dubbing is kept to a very minimum by the lead characters while everyone else is speaking Japanese, which brings a small sense of realism. Godzilla himself is taken seriously by the filmmakers because while the primitive effects are obvious, his actions are like how a real animal reacts to a certain situation like when he approaches the electrical barrier and pauses to look at it curiously or when he snarls at a ringing clock tower because he thinks it might be another animal. He doesn't "attack" Tokyo just for the hell of it, he's just lashing out at whatever attacked him. After Tokyo is destroyed, the scene where the people mourn for the dead and dying truly moved me because the "attack" was treated like an actual disaster. I truly respect that.

Tomoyuki Tanaka really knew how to tell a war related story (war films in Japan were illegal at the time) and make his dinosaur the biggest star (literally) in the world. Steve Martin(Raymond Burr) and Dr. Serizawa are among the best known human characters in the entire series. I give this movie little more credit than before because of how it was made and the angle it was going for. Long live the King!

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