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Godzilla 1985 (1984)

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

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Hideichi Nagahara, Tomoyuki Tanaka (story "The Resurrection of Godzilla") | 2 more credits »
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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 Eitarô Ozawa ... Finance Minister Kanzaki
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Takegami, Chief Cabinet Secretary
Mizuho Suzuki Mizuho Suzuki ... Foreign Minister Emori
Junkichi Orimoto Junkichi Orimoto ... Director-General of the Defense Agency
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Geologist Minami
Kei Satô 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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, 23 August 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,116,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,852,242
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(USA)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Japan theatrical release)| Mono (US release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Anchor Bay Entertainment announced the film would be released on DVD in 2003, but Toho prevented them from releasing it, which Anchor Bay claims they owned the rights to it, because they bought the rights to the new world pictures library, but Toho rejected the claim. See more »

Goofs

Godzilla changes sizes many times over the course of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Goro Maki: Excuse me, sir. Are you Professor Hayashida?
Dr. Hayashida: That's right.
Goro Maki: Maki of Toho Press.
Dr. Hayashida: Oh really? A reporter.
Goro Maki: What's that you're working on?
Dr. Hayashida: Genetic mutation designs.
Goro Maki: Genetic mutations. No kidding. Does it have something to do with Godzilla? I understand you lost your family to Godzilla 30 years ago. I imagine this has made you a bitter man. Was it vengeance that drove you to study Godzilla?
Dr. Hayashida: At first. But not now.
Goro Maki: Professor. They say Godzilla's a mutation. A monster made by intense radioactivity. ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese version has two sound mixes: A Dolby Stereo version, and an Academy mono optical version. The monaural version has several sound effects and music differences from the stereo version, including the addition of a unique, high-pitched cry produced by Godzilla during the ending. The mono mix has never been released on home video in Japan, though a 1985 drama LP release includes the scream. Since the mono effects stems were used for the U.S. version, it is commonly misconceived that the sound is in fact an addition created by New World Pictures themselves. See more »

Connections

Follows Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) See more »

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An Underrated Classic
15 February 2004 | by SkaitonSee all my reviews

Godzilla 1984 stands out as one of the best and most politically imbued Godzilla films ever made and deserves more credit for what it accomplished. Godzilla

1984 single-handedly revitalized the Godzilla franchise into the machine it is today and ushered in a new concept for what the monster could be; gone are

the kiddie children and the super-robots, the monster melees and monster

dancing - here is a return to what Godzilla truly is: and unstoppable force of nature. The original Japanese version is far superior to the butchered American cut and their political agenda is far more subtle than the American's tactless editing of the Russian nuclear launch sequence. Fans would do well to view

the original as it retains the history and dignity of the first Godzilla film.


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