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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 as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.

Director:

Roland Emmerich

Writers:

Dean Devlin (screenplay), Roland Emmerich (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Dr. Niko Tatopoulos
Jean Reno ... Philippe Roaché
Maria Pitillo ... Audrey Timmonds
Hank Azaria ... Victor 'Animal' Palotti
Kevin Dunn ... Colonel Hicks
Michael Lerner ... Mayor Ebert
Harry Shearer ... Charles Caiman
Arabella Field ... Lucy Palotti
Vicki Lewis ... Dr. Elsie Chapman
Doug Savant ... Sergeant O'Neal
Malcolm Danare ... Dr. Mendel Craven
Lorry Goldman Lorry Goldman ... Gene - Mayor's Aide
Christian Aubert Christian Aubert ... Jean-Luc
Philippe Bergeron ... Jean-Claude
Frank Bruynbroek ... Jean-Pierre
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Storyline

In the wake of extensive nuclear testing in the South Pacific Ocean, the low-profile scientist, Niko Tatopoulos, is summoned by the U.S. Army to shed light on the mysterious attack on a fishing ship, and the ominous sightings of a gargantuan sea-dragon. Before long, a mutated scaly nightmare in the shape of Godzilla--a massive and all-powerful radioactive sauroid--threatens to level the rain-soaked New York City, against the backdrop of a crippling bureaucracy and the military's futile attempts to stop the invincible beast from the ocean. Now, it's up to Niko; the cryptic insurance agent, Philippe; the determined reporter, Audrey, and her brave cameraman, Victor, to put an end to Godzilla's reign of terror before it's too late. Is there a reason why Godzilla has chosen Manhattan for its den? Written by Nick Riganas

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The city that never sleeps just got a wake-up call. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

More than 3,000 Godzilla products were made to promote this movie, including 25 action figures. See more »

Goofs

(52 min) The Apache helicopters are chasing Godzilla through the skyscrapers and firing guns. We see them hitting the buildings ahead and above, with significant debris coming down that they would be flying through, significantly damaging the aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: [after Godzilla discovers one of his dead offspring] He looks angry.
Victor 'Animal' Palotti: [stammers] What do we do?
Philippe Roaché: Running would be a good idea.
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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

Edited into Angels in America (2003) See more »

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Undercover
Written by Joey Deluxe (as Joey DeLuxe)
Produced by David Arnold
Performed by Joey Deluxe (as Joey DeLuxe)
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The hype was as big as the monster to start with!
4 March 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

It felt like this take on Godzilla was advertised for 2 years in advance of the actual release, every time (it seemed) I went to the cinema I was awestruck by little teaser trailers, in fact the one of the old guy fishing and hooking Zilla is a personal favourite...SIZE DOES MATTER! Love it I do. Sadly as most of us now know, the film didn't meet fans and critics expectations at all, but was the film done down by the hype and an expectation of a masterpiece for the genre?.

Well it didn't help that is for sure, but taking aside that problem, the film only glimpses at what might have been. It has many great points that seem to have been forgotten, so sadly we are all too aware of the film's failings on the makers behalf. The build up in the film is excellent, the makers mount the tension in steady strokes, doing what all classic monster movie makers do, they have you waiting with gripping expectation of the creature by a series of scenarios and inventive dialogue. The sound is incredible, making it an essential viewing for those who cherish home surround cinema, while some of the shots and destruction of New York are well worth the viewers time.

But then? Well they throw the good work away by turning the film's focus away from the big lizard to a story line that was only fitting for the cartoon version of Godzooki. Thus rendering the film as a poor man's Jurassic Park, which quite frankly doesn't sit well. Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno and Hank Azaria all deserved better scripting, hell we all did!

It's not the evil stinker some would have you believe, it does have its moments of both good and bad, it is, by definition, very much a film split down the middle. 5/10


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USA | Japan

Language:

English | French | Japanese | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

20 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,047,541, 24 May 1998

Gross USA:

$136,314,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$379,014,294
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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