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Godzilla (1998)

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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

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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Something Big Is Happening See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

Godzila 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was so successful and well-received in certain foreign markets that it might have directly contributed to the second American re-imagining of the franchise, Godzilla (2014), performing poorly in these countries, both box-office wise and critically. As well, the movie received a burst of popularity among its fans or those who have been disappointed with the 2014 reboot. Nevertheless, the latter was still overall the more successful of the two, especially with movie critics. See more »

Goofs

The AH-64 Apache helicopter does not have a machine gun mounted on its "cheeks" The 30mm chain gun that it carries is located under the cockpit, on the chin of the helicopter. Also, the muzzle flash from the guns mounted on the side would interfere with the pilot and the gunner's night vision. See more »

Quotes

Victor 'Animal' Palotti: Where did you find this guy?
Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: He's from France.
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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

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Soundtracks

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush
Arranged by Michael Lloyd & Carol Rosenstein
Performed by The Kidsongs Kids
Courtesy of Together Again Video Productions/Sony Wonder
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I've had enough
2 December 1998 | by AgonySee all my reviews

Alright, I've had enough. Godzilla was a GREAT movie, and I'm just sick and tired of all the critics and others who view the movie as a complete disaster due to its lack of a story and other problems.

Personally, I don't care. The movie, from day one was meant to be just a big effects laden action movie. It's just for fun. I understood the story. The movie should just be viewed as a fun, blow everything up in your way movie. Don't be so hard. Sit back and enjoy.


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