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Godzilla 1985 (1985)

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

Writers:

Reuben Bercovitch (story "Godzilla vs. Gargantua"), Fred Dekker (story Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3D) | 8 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Steve Martin
Ken Tanaka Ken Tanaka ... Goro Maki
Yasuko Sawaguchi Yasuko Sawaguchi ... Naoko Okumura
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ... Dr. Hayashida
Shin Takuma ... Hiroshi Okumura
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Prime Minister Mitamura
Eitarô Ozawa ... Finance Minister Kanzaki
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Takegami, Chief Cabinet Secretary
Mizuho Suzuki ... Foreign Minister Emori
Junkichi Orimoto Junkichi Orimoto ... Director-General of the Defense Agency
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Geologist Minami
Kei Satô ... Chief Editor Gondo
Takenori Emoto Takenori Emoto ... Desk Editor Kitagawa
Sho Hashimoto Sho Hashimoto ... Captain of Super X
Nobuo Kaneko ... Home Affairs Minister Isomura
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Storyline

A reporter investigates the disappearance of a ship. He finds the ship and discovers that all the hands have been killed by a giant sea louse except for one. The lone survivor then tells the reporter that the ship was attacked by Godzilla (Gojira). Fearing a panic, the Japanese government then takes the survivor into custody to keep him from revealing that Godzilla has returned. However, a Soviet nuclear submarine is destroyed and the situation puts them and the United States on the brink of nuclear war, until the Japanese decide to come clean and admit that it was Godzilla. Soon the Japan and the rest of the world are on red alert as they wait for Godzilla to begin his rampage anew. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Your favorite fire-breathing monster... Like you've never seen him before! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Stuntman Kenpachirô Satsuma played Godzilla for the first time in this movie, and continued to play the role for the remainder of the VS Series. However, the Godzilla suits used in this film (constructed from the outside in) were not originally made to fit him, but for another stuntman who left production at the last minute. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Godzilla plummets into the crater of Mt. Mihara, the shadow of his tail does not match the position it's really in. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister Mitamura: [US version] Godzilla... I was hoping I would never hear that name again.
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Alternate Versions

The first run release prints issued by New World Pictures in the U.S. contained the classic Marv Newland short Bambi Meets Godzilla before the feature. This has frequently caused an incorrect longer running time to be listed for the U.S. version. See more »

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unfairly maligned
7 March 2004 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

Godzilla returns in a (somewhat) serious vehicle with a (somewhat) big budget. Americans yawned or laughed this off the screen, for the most part, but if you dig Godzilla you should dig this, his most respectable film since the 1954 original.

Yes, it's not that fast paced. No, Godzilla doesn't fight with other creatures. So what? After about twenty lurid, cheap movies that involved Godzilla in mortal combat with rubberized foes, it was nice to see him get back to menacing basics here.

While the special effects are not quite up to the Hollywood standard, they're still entertaining and reasonably convincing. American critics who slammed the film's look were being just a tad intolerant - all foreign films tend to be cheaper than ours, so inferior effects are a given. My bottom line for judging SFX is not, "are they realistic?" but "are they fun?", and the shots of Godzilla laying waste to Tokyo are indeed fun.

Godzilla fans often complain about the film's overtly political concerns and somber mood, but I have to disagree with them; I like a bit of realism, a bit of credibility. I do think that there are several better, faster-paced Godzilla films (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, GMK), but this is still a standout entry in the series.

Who knows when we'll get another solo vehicle for the big G? The upcoming Godzilla: Final Wars will apparently feature a total of ten monsters. At least in this movie, Godzilla had the spotlight all to himself.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Russian | English

Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla: 1985 See more »

Filming Locations:

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$509,502, 25 August 1985

Gross USA:

$4,116,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,116,395
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono (US release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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