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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.

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Roland Emmerich

Writers:

Dean Devlin (screenplay), Roland Emmerich (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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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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Something Big Is Happening See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

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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Trivia

Dick Van Dyke was considered for the role of Mayor Ebert. See more »

Goofs

When they are on the transport plane, the exterior shot shows it to be during a thunderstorm at night, while during the interior shots sunlight is clearly showing through the windows. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: He's not some monster trying to evade you. He's just an animal. If you find what he wants, then he'll come to you.
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Various effects that appeared as green film scratches (but were not, in fact, scratches) showed up periodically over the credits. See more »


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Written by Ben Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge
Produced by Brendan O'Brien
Performed by Ben Folds Five
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A lesson to be learned here.....
14 August 1998 | by fourque2See all my reviews

A lesson was buried in the cinematic slop known as Devlin and Emmerich's "Godzilla". It's a lesson for anyone in the Movie Industry.

All you industry types....listen up. "Godzilla" has taught us that just because you can get your hands on some supersonic PC's and the latest version of Lightwave doesn't mean that you're going to make the best thing since sliced bread.

We, the audience, are wising up to you. (and it's about time!)

Now I understand that this movie was meant to be, for the most part, a roller-coaster ride. We weren't looking for writing and performances sharing the caliber of "The Shawshank Redemption" or "A Midnight Clear".

But what we WERE hoping for (and what the trailers clearly led us to expect) was the pure rocket-fuel of "Aliens" and the suspense of "Jurassic Park". Some have tried to explain this movie away as the kind where you turn off the ol' noggin and just enjoy. Well, if you're sitting there with your noodle trying to soak in the atmosphere of the flick and it isn't working.....then the word "bomb" comes to mind.

Yes, the effects were great. I enjoy a good dose of eye-candy just as much as the next red-blooded American male. But when the pitiful dialogue, the questionable casting (Jean Reno was obviously repaying a favor) and the laughable acting (Maria Pitillo taking the honors here) keep distracting you from the whole "vegging" thing you're trying to achieve just to enjoy yourself, something has gone horribly wrong. In addition, this movie's idea of suspense is easily rivaled by the act of picking one's own nose.

A special note (actually a plea) to Mr. Devlin and Mr. Emmerich, whom I understand are threatening us with not one, but two "Godzilla" sequels: Don't. It'll keep you out of trouble.


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