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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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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 »

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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:

$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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Trivia

Before Hank Azaria's character runs atop cars to get footage of Godzilla, he looks up and says "Aw, Jeez", using the voice of his character Moe Szyslak on The Simpsons (1989). When asked about this during a podcast, Azaria said it was unintentional and that a little bit of his Moe voice must have "slipped through". See more »

Goofs

A crewmember is reflected in the side of Philippe's car as he drives off screen. See more »

Quotes

Philippe Roaché: What did you, see old man?
Japanese Tanker Cook: Gojira. Gojira.
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Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush
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Emmerichs best film
11 March 2006 | by eternalseaSee all my reviews

Godzilla is an underrated film. It is directed by Roland Emmerich the man behind mediocre space adventures stargate and Independece day. Some people say Godzilla is his worst film to date well let me start by saying its a hell of a lot better than either of those two. The story is Nuclear tests have happened in France and the radio activity has come of on some of the Lizards inhabiting the islands. Fast forward some twenty years and we learn that a giant dinosaur creature is attacking boats around the globe. It comes to Manhatten were it wrecks havoc and there are quite a few fun sequences along the way. Thats all I will say its vague but I hate spoiling movies. The creature looks cool indeed and 90% of the time the visual effects are of a very high standard. The story is solid if a little simple, but at least it ain't covuluted a la stargate. The acting is a mixed bag however with Hank Azaria and Jean Reno in fine form while Matthew Broderik and Maria Pitillo putting in appalling performances. Some of the characters are unnecessary and annoying such as Harry Shearers Charles Caimen and some of the military guys. The finale is great and the film is on a par with the previous years equally underrated The Lost World Jurassic Park. Its a good movie for kids as it never gets to scary and always remains entertaining, but it also works for adults as Saturday night entertainment. Well I enjoyed it anyway, so sit back don't take it to seriously and you to might find yourself enjoying it to


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