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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

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

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

Gross USA:

$136,314,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,700,000
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

An action-figure line was produced to coincide with the movie's release by a company called Trendmasters, who have previously released toys based on the classic Godzilla movies. The merchandise originally sold well, though consumer interest quickly dropped once the movie hit theaters, and shops were left with an overstock of unwanted toys. Due to this, stores cancelled their orders of Trendmasters upcoming Godzilla toy-line, based on the Godzilla: The Series (1998) cartoon, which eventually drove the company to bankruptcy. See more »

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At the end of the movie when Godzilla is chasing the cab across the Brooklyn Bridge, the bridge only has 2 suspension cables (1 on each side) whereas the real bridge has 4 (1 on each side and 2 running down the center). See more »

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Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: The radiation isn't an anomaly, it's the clue.
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Performed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs (as Puff Daddy) featuring Jimmy Page
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Pure Cinematic Junk Food.
6 April 2010 | by Mr_CensoredSee all my reviews

In 1998, Godzilla got an American make-over by "Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich and audiences haven't stopped complaining since. Rather than make the atypical Godzilla film, Emmerich and his co-conspirator Dean Devlin took the "Jurassic Park" approach and turned the mega-monster into a really, really big T-Rex and instead of using aliens, bad weather or the apocalypse as an excuse to destroy a city, decided it would be best to watch the beast all but devour Manhattan. In the rain.

The first thing that will likely hit you upon your first viewing of "Godzilla" is "well, that wasn't so bad," but then you come to the ultimate conclusion that, well, it wasn't as good as it could have been, either. Emmerich, who surely knows how to turn out an entertaining popcorn flick (often at the expense of logic and character development) puts on a good show here, with solid special effects, fun chase scenes and lots of lots of destruction. Matthew Broderick takes the lead as a scientist brought in by the military to try and tame the savage beast. For the most part, the film works, but where it really falls apart is in some of its atrocious acting (Maria Patillo, I'm looking at you) drawn-out plot and it's seemingy endless series of endings. Seriously, the movie feels like it's over once it hits the hour and fifty minute mark, but intead overstays its welcome by becoming more ridiculous by the moment and not knowing when to stop.

Perhaps a better editor could have tightened up the film and made it more enjoyable to the end. Hell, one can't imagine why Columbia Tri-Star didn't step in and take it down a notch, when most other studios are all too eager to trim big and bloated block-busters. Given the time and the patience, and with the right mindset (more specifically -- the mindset that is earned by checking your brain at the door) "Godzilla" is an overall entertaining film with its redeeming moments, but is perhaps one that could never live up to all the hype.

On a side note, the film's famous ad-campaign featured the tagline: "Size Does Matter." Well, in spite of the innuendo, the film certainly supports that theory by proving that a film too big and too long simply doesn't cut it.


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