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

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Trivia

Running gag: everyone mispronouncing Nick's last name Tatopoulos. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 55 mins) During the final taxi chase sequence, Godzilla runs by a Carl's Jr. billboard. All Carl's Jr. franchises in New York are called Hardee's, revealing the scene was shot in Los Angeles. 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 »

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Written by David Bowie & Brian Eno
Produced by Andrew Slater
Performed by The Wallflowers
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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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Release Date:

20 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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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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