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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 ... Takegami, Chief Cabinet Secretary
Mizuho Suzuki ... Foreign Minister Emori
Junkichi Orimoto Junkichi Orimoto ... Director-General of the Defense Agency
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

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

As Dr. Hayashida's sonic oscillator starts luring Godzilla out of Tokyo to the volcano, there's a POV shot from Goro and Naoko's perspective that clearly shows the wire controlling Godzilla's tail. This almost appears to be an unintentional homage to the scene in the original Godzilla, where Godzilla's tail appears outside the window of a partially demolished building (the one in which Raymond Burr's character was reporting from in the American version), and the wire is similarly visible. See more »

Quotes

Steve Martin: You may have to re-think your strategies, gentlemen. There's possibly no weapon, on Earth, that can defeat Godzilla except perhaps...
General Goodhoe: Who are you?
Steve Martin: The name is "Martin". You asked for me to be brought here.
Colonel Raschen: Mr. Martin is the man you wanted to see, General. He's the newspaper man who witnessed Godzilla's attack 30 years ago.
General Goodhoe: Well thank God you're here. Seeing as how you seem to be the only person who seems to know anything about whatever it is we're dealing with, what can we do?
Steve Martin: I was the only ...
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Alternate Versions

The original Japanese version, like the 1954 original, did not contain Raymond Burr. Also, in the Japanese version, the Russian submarine officer tries to stop the nuclear weapon that was accidentally launched. This was changed for the US version so that the Russian officer actually launched the weapon. See more »

Connections

Follows Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) 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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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, 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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