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Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Kaijû sôshingeki (original title)
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Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Ishirô Honda, Takeshi Kimura (as Kaoru Mabuchi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... SY-3 Captain Katsuo Yamabe
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Dr. Yoshido
Yukiko Kobayashi Yukiko Kobayashi ... Kyoko Manabe
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Dr. Otani
Kyôko Ai Kyôko Ai ... Kilaak Queen
Andrew Hughes Andrew Hughes ... Dr. Stevenson
Chôtarô Tôgin Chôtarô Tôgin ... Ogata
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... General
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Commander Nishikawa
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Major Tada
Yoshio Katsuda Yoshio Katsuda ... Young Scientist
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Engineer (as Henry Okawa)
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Old Farmer
Yutaka Sada ... Police Officer
Hiroshi Okada Hiroshi Okada ... Doctor at hospital
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Storyline

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. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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GODZILLA attacks New York! RODAN devastates Moscow! MANDA obliterates London! and MOTHRA smashes Peking! Is this the war-cry that will save the world... See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destroy All Monsters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 200,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In both the Japanese and U.S versions Gorosaurus is accidentally called Baragon when he is attacking France. Baragon was supposed to do that scene. In fact Gorosaurus was given Baragon's roar and was burrowing underground, which is an ability Baragon has, not Gorosaurus! As well in Japan, a painted children's record book based on the movie features Baragon destroying France. The reason for the mix up is that the Baragon costume was on loan to TSUBURAYA Productions to be redressed as various ULTRAMAN monsters and wasn't ready in time for filming. So, Gorosaurus was substituted for that scene. See more »

Goofs

When Ghidorah fires his rays at Rodan and Mothra, Mothra is knocked into the air by the ensuing explosions, then stops in the air for a moment, and suddenly continues flying up again. See more »

Quotes

News Reader: 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!
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Crazy Credits

In Toho's international version, their English language credits list special effect director Sademasa Arikawa as "Sanemasa Arikawa." See more »

Alternate Versions

The English version released by American International Pictures in 1969 is entirely different than Toho's export version. AIP contracted with New York's Titan Productions (previously known as Titra Sound Studios) to loop the English dialogue. Among the dubbing personnel for this version were Hal Linden and Bret Morrison. This dialogue track was included by Media Blasters in its 2011 DVD and Blu-Ray release of "Destroy All Monsters," however, newer printings feature only Toho's Japanese and English soundtracks. AIP was also responsible for several small edits to the film. In the Japanese and international versions, a sign establishing the UN Defense Center can be seen in the rubble of Tokyo. Instead of translating this sign, AIP's editors removed it altogether. Additionally, AIP deleted two shots of Minilla's antics during the climactic monster showdown. AIP also relocated the credits to the end of the picture. See more »

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The Buddy System
21 August 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

What happens when a group of aliens take over Monster Island and begin to manipulate the monsters through radar to do their bidding? Why you have the plot of Destroy All Monsters then, which is, for a Godzilla picture, good entertainment. The story is figuratively and literally far-out, but that does not detract from the fun as we see a band of scientists discover how these aliens exercise their control and then unleash the monster's instinctual powers against them. Godzilla, now a good monster, battles with buddies like Rodan, Manya, Varan, and more, against the aliens who plan on world domination. When the aliens no longer can control the monsters, they send for that outer space monster Ghidrah the Three-Headed monster to fight ALL the monsters. SInce he couldn't win against two or three of the monsters in a previous picture - he is made short work of here. Again this is nothing more than entertainment meant to pass some time away. It has an inventive story and a pretty crisp pace. My only major complaint is that the monsters really do not get too much screen time. Honda had the directorial reigns, and the music by Ifukube is outstanding!


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