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Godzilla (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 May 1998 (USA)
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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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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$130,000,000 (estimated)

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$55,726,951 (USA) (25 May 1998)

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$136,314,294 (USA)
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In a 2014 interview for the British film magazine Empire, Roland Emmerich admitted that he wanted to make a disaster movie about meteors rather than a Godzilla flick. However, Armageddon (1998) and Deep Impact (1998) had already been made by the time he was done directing this movie, which frustrated him as he wanted to make one first. See more »

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Godzilla approaches Manhattan from the open ocean, crosses the FDR Expressway, and makes first contact at the Seaport District. However the fish markets and the district sit near the East River and across from Brooklyn. Moreover, Manhattan does not directly sit on the open ocean and is surrounded on almost all sides by relatively narrow bodies of water. See more »

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Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: I've always wanted to join the French Foreign Legion.
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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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La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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really, its not that bad!
9 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What were some of you expecting? Shakespeare? Tennesee Williams? Its a movie about a giant lizard in New York - just accept it for what it is! Its entertainment and no more - and on that level (at least for me) it works just fine! Its's not "realistic" enough? Again, how realistic is a giant lizard supposed to be? It's a FANTASY movie! Besides, I thought the special effects were pretty impressive! And its not as if the ORIGINAL Godzilla movies were good, with their actors in rubber suits and laughable, ridiculous "monsters" (gamera, mechagodzilla, etc etc)- the Godzilla in THIS movie was an animal, not a monster driven by a need to destroy things! I didn't think Matthew Broderick was bad at all

  • although I DID find Animal's girlfriend extremely irritating with her
shrill voice! Really, I didn't think this movie was bad at all - no, its not a profound meaningful work or art, but then who expected it to be? It's an enjoyable diversion - that's all anyone should expect!


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