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Godzilla (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 May 1998 (USA)
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A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop the monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Niko Tatopoulos
... Philippe Roaché
... Audrey Timmonds
... Victor 'Animal' Palotti
... Colonel Hicks
... Mayor Ebert
... Charles Caiman
Arabella Field ... Lucy Palotti
... Dr. Elsie Chapman
... Sergeant O'Neal
... Dr. Mendel Craven
Lorry Goldman ... Gene - Mayor's Aide
Christian Aubert ... Jean-Luc
... Jean-Claude
... Jean-Pierre
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Storyline

Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1998. The year of GODZILLA! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi monster action/violence | See all certifications »

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20 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,726,951, 25 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$136,314,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,700,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Roland Emmerich has since regretted his decision to direct the film. However, he still takes pride in how much fun he says his audience still has in watching it. See more »

Goofs

When the mayor's helicopter lands on the dock by the river, the main gear touches down first, then the nose wheel gently touches straight down. It makes a screech sound as if the aircraft is landing with horizontal speed, as on a runway. See more »

Quotes

Victor 'Animal' Palotti: You gonna be all right?
Lucy Palotti: Yeah, Audrey's gonna spend the night with us.
Victor 'Animal' Palotti: Cool. A threesome. That's excellent. I'm a little tired.
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Crazy Credits

Various effects that appeared as green film scratches (but were not, in fact, scratches) showed up periodically over the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shut Up and Talk: Todd in the Shadows (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

No Shelter
Written and Arranged by Rage Against the Machine and Zack De La Rocha (as Zack de la Rocha)
Produced by Brendan O'Brien
Performed by Rage Against the Machine
Courtesy of Epic Records
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I thought it was great...
6 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

As opposed to most people, I thought this movie was excellent. You can't watch the movie and expect Shakespeare...it's Godzilla. You have to appreciate the work that went into making this creature look so lifelike. This movie had spectacular special effects and a pretty decent story line. I thought this movie was great. I didn't find the acting to be all that bad. I would recommend watching this movie before you come to any conclusions.


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