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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. To stop the monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Niko Tatopoulos
... Philippe Roaché
... Audrey Timmonds
... Victor 'Animal' Palotti
... Colonel Hicks
... Mayor Ebert
... Charles Caiman
Arabella Field ... Lucy Palotti
... Dr. Elsie Chapman
... Sergeant O'Neal
... Dr. Mendel Craven
Lorry Goldman ... Gene - Mayor's Aide
Christian Aubert ... Jean-Luc
... Jean-Claude
... 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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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi monster action/violence | See all certifications »

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20 May 1998 (USA)  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) The officers aboard one of the submarines wear caps reading "USS Utah SSBN 745". "SSBN" refers to ballistic missile submarines, which are large, heavy and slow, therefore unsuitable for pursuit tasks. A fast attack submarine (SSN) would make more sense. See more »

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Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: Wrong floor.
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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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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 thought this was fun. I don't know why people whine about it so much.
28 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Well, being a longtime fan of the GODZILLA/GOJIRA films as a youngster, I remember seeing this with great anticipation. I, unlike a lot of people, was not at all disappointed. This film was exactly what I was hoping it would be at the time. Sure, it certainly wasn't as charming or as funny as the films I loved as a kid, but it was a lot of fun. I loved the action scenes, the look of the monster was crazy to me, and the plot was simple enough for a first time viewer to get right into. Seeing it again 10 years later, I had the same reaction. My opinion of this film hasn't changed one bit. I guess everybody's complaints stem from how this has no charm or any kind of attempt at being cute or original. I guess that's understandable, but I still don't see what everybody's problem is. This was supposed to be a fun, exciting, and action packed thrill ride. That's all it is, no more, no less. I personally think that it succeeds at what it achieved to be perfectly. Matthew Broderick may not exactly be an action hero, but his character sure was quirky and funny. Jean Reno was as good as usual.


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