Aliens have released all the giant monsters from their imprisonment on Monster Land and are using them to destroy all major cities on the planet. It is up to the daring crew of the super rocket ship X-2 to infiltrate the aliens' headquarters before the Earth monsters and King Ghidrah annihilate the planet.
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Monsters of mass destruction.
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23 May 1969 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Destroy All Monsters
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Aspect Ratio: 2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?
In the original Japanese version, the film takes place toward the end of the 20th century. But in the American version, the film takes place specifically in 1999. See more
When King Ghidorah approaches the assembled monsters, it changes from a shot showing small-scale puppets to the actual monster suits, and suddenly Minilla appears behind Godzilla. See more
The major cities of the world are being destroyed, one-by-one by the monsters: Moscow by Rodan, Peking by Mothra, London by Manda, Paris by Baragon. And, here's a special news bulletin. Godzilla is now in New York City. The city is being invaded by Godzilla!
In Toho's international version, their English language credits list special effect director Sademasa Arikawa as "Sanemasa Arikawa." See more
A Toho Video documentary released in the 1980s contained several unused and deleted takes from this film. The majority of this footage consists of alternate takes of finished scenes, such as the raids on Moscow and Paris by Rodan and Gorosaurus (respectively). Toho also filmed much more footage of the UN's defense of Tokyo, including a number of shots of missile launchers being deployed from the roofs of skyscrapers.
The most notable unused shot in this feature has Godzilla thrashing the monster Manda against several Tokyo buildings. According to Haruo Nakajima, this was an impromptu act at the end of a take. This was likely removed from the finished film as both monsters were under Kilaak control and shouldn't have been fighting. See more
Followed by Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.