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Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
Director: Roland Emmerich
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     1998     2hr 19min

Born of the atomic tests in the 50's, Godzilla travels from a French atoll to New York City, where the usual havoc occurs.

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Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
Director: Roland Emmerich
Creators: Cary Woods, Dean Devlin, Kelly Van Horn, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Godzilla, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/03/1998
Original Release Date: 05/19/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 05/19/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 2hr 19min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 53
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Subtitles: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Christine B. from LONGVIEW, WA
Reviewed on 3/21/2014...
Better than the old versions
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 10/14/2013...
A mega budget Americanized remake of the Big Green Guy should've been a home run. Unfortunately the project was headed by "Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich, who'd apparently never seen a "Godzilla" movie in his life.

In this version, Godzilla is a radioactive-mutant Iguana from the South Seas (?) who stomps his way across the ocean to set up shop in New York. Mayhem, and of course lots of explosive special effects, ensue. So far, so good. However, this is a "Godzilla" movie in name only.

Here's a partial list of what went wrong:

*Godzilla doesn't look like "Godzilla."

*Godzilla does not breathe fire.

*Godzilla is a "burrower" who hides underground (on Manhattan Island?)

*Godzilla lays eggs (?), resulting in tons of offspring, so that the last half hour of the movie looks like an urban take on "Jurassic Park."

*Most of the actors are hilariously miscast, particularly the uber-wimpy Matthew Broderick as a crusading scientist and two members of "The Simpsons" voice cast (Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria) as network news men. For some reason, Jean Reno is shoehorned in as a member of the French secret service (?).

I saw this movie during its theatrical run in '98 but after all these years I remembered almost nothing about it aside from a vague feeling that it was terrible. Watching it again last night, those "vague feelings" were confirmed. This movie is a travesty. I'm surprised that Japan didn't declare war on us again after seeing what Emmerich did to "their" screen icon.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Suzanne H. from PORT ANGELES, WA
Reviewed on 12/10/2012...
Loved this updated version that humanizes the monster and creates a connection between monster and scientist.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.