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Godzilla 1985 (1985)

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

Writers:

Hideichi Nagahara, Tomoyuki Tanaka (story "The Resurrection of Godzilla") | 2 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 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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Taglines:

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

Gross USA:

$4,116,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,852,242
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono (US release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Godzilla blasts a news helicopter in Shinjuku with his radioactive breath ray, look carefully in the background for a billboard with the Ghostbusters (1984) logo (albeit backwards) as the copter falls from the sky just before hitting the ground. See more »

Goofs

In the composite shots of the gathered crowd looking at the temporarily downed Godzilla, there is a blurry line where the two parts of the shot meet, so the people in the front of the crowd apparently disappear as they go closer to Godzilla. When they start running away, some of the people seemingly pop into existence. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hayashida: [English export version] Okumura, you saw a monster?
Hiroshi Okumura: That's right. Professor, I've told my story, so many times. I told, the police, Maritime Security, but none of them seem to believe a word!
Dr. Hayashida: That's natural. Not everyday, monsters appear.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »

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Not the best Godzilla movie, but one of my favorites.
25 June 2002 | by Thanos6See all my reviews

Yes, there are Godzilla movies that have better special effects. There are Godzilla movies that have better stories. There are Godzilla movies that are better directed.

But if you ask me which Godzilla movies are my favorites, I'll rank "Godzilla 1985" over just about all of them.

Why? It may be the mid-80's special effects, which while looking relatively modern still retain some "old school" charm. It may be the excellent Cold War-era politics (compared to today's chaos, the Cold War was practically comforting). It may be the excellent music by Reijiro Koroku, the only Godzilla composer to match Akira Ifukube.

I even enjoy the US dubbed version. While the Dr. Pepper ads and the supposed humor does wear on you, most of the actors do a pretty good job in their roles, though I wish it had been butchered less.

Give "Godzilla 1985" a chance.


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