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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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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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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | French | Japanese | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

20 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Godzilla's design is based off a marine iguana as they originated in the Galapagos which is in the South Pacific. See more »

Goofs

When the creature is stuck in the Brooklyn Bridge, the nearby Manhattan Bridge is gone. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: This is not good! This is not good!
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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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Soundtracks

Danke Schoen
Written by Bert Kaempfert, Kurt Schwabach & Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler)
Performed by Fantastic Strings
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital by arrangement with Source/Q
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The Good & The Bad Of "Godzilla'
21 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Capitalizing on the success of the Jurassic Park films, here came Godzilla. Can it be this was out eight years ago? As often, especially with re-makes from classic films such as this '50s sci-fi one, there are a lot of "good" and "bad."

THE GOOD - Great special effects with some tremendous action scenes. The story is generally interesting and I liked the characters played by Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno. The strange creatures look pretty real, especially Godzilla's offspring. Despite all the violence there is no blood or gore, but I still think it's way too intense for kids and should be rated "R."

THE BAD - Mostly annoying lead characters, some of which are painted as unrealistically dumb (the mayor and the sergeant). Maria Pitillo, as the lead female, is especially unlikeable and I can see why she never made it in on the big screen. The action and the noise gets to be too much, wearing out the viewer after awhile. Almost all of the last 40 minutes are pure action as the dinosaurs keep coming, one after the other after the other, even when they presumed dead. The filmmakers just don't know when to stop! Some of the chase scenes are too hokey as the people would have killed for certain. There are a couple of stupid sex remarks which serve no purpose in the film and too much usage of the Lord's name in vain, which also isn't needed. Like the King Kong re-make, it's too much action.


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