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>
In its original Japanese version, this was the last Godzilla film until Shin Godzilla (2016) to end with a "The End" ("Owari" in Japanese) title card; in the case of this film, at the end of the credits. See more »
Godzilla changes sizes many times over the course of the movie. See more »
[English export version]
Okumura, you saw a monster?
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!
That's natural. Not everyday, monsters appear.
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The German theatrical version runs a brisk 83 minutes, and cuts out the destruction of the Soviet submarine and the following super power Cold War tensions entirely, among other plot developments depicted in the film's second reel. See more »
Not the best Godzilla movie, but one of my favorites.
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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