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Godzilla

Theatrical Poster
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by Dean Devlin
Written by Screenplay:
Dean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Story:
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Dean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Based on the Character "Godzilla" Owned and Created by:
Toho Co., Ltd.
Starring Matthew Broderick
Jean Reno
Maria Pitillo
Hank Azaria
Michael Lerner
Kevin Dunn
Harry Shearer
Vicki Lewis
Doug Savant
Music by David Arnold
Cinematography Ueli Steiger
Editing by Peter Amundson
David Siegel
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) May 19, 1998 (USA)
Running time 139 min.
Language English
Budget $130,000,000 USD (estimated)
Gross revenue $379,014,294 USD (Worldwide)
Followed by Godzilla: The Series
IMDb profile

Godzilla is a 1998 American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Michael Lerner and Kevin Dunn. It is the American movie remake of the popular Japanese Godzilla series. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (504x755, 54 KB) Licensing This image is of a movie poster or title card, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Roland Emmerich on the set of Independence Day Roland Emmerich (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, writer, and producer. ... Dean Devlin is a former actor and current screenwriter and producer. ... Dean Devlin is a former actor and current screenwriter and producer. ... Roland Emmerich on the set of Independence Day Roland Emmerich (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, writer, and producer. ... Ted Elliott is an American screenwriter and labor leader. ... Terry Rossio, born July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is an American screenwriter screenwriting guru and film producer. ... Dean Devlin is a former actor and current screenwriter and producer. ... Roland Emmerich on the set of Independence Day Roland Emmerich (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, writer, and producer. ... This article is about the character itself. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is best known for his roles as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off and the adult Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... Jean Reno (born Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez (Spanish) [1][2] while French sources spell it as Don Juan Moreno y Herrera Jimenez [3]. on July 30, 1948) is a French actor. ... Maria Pitillo (b. ... Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, United States) is an American actor, director, comedian and voice artist. ... Michael Lerner (born June 22, 1941) is an Academy-Award nominated American character actor. ... Kevin Dunn (born February 26, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American character actor who has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films since the 1980s. ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ... Vicki Lewis (born March 17, 1960) is an American actress best known for her role as the quirky secretary Beth in the NBC sitcom Newsradio. ... Doug Savant will be a regular on Desperate Housewives next season Doug Savant (born June 21, 1964 in Burbank, California, United States) is an American actor. ... David Arnold (born February 27, 1962 in Luton in Bedfordshire, England) is one of the most popular and successful young British composers[citation needed]. He is probably best known for the film scores to Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and four James Bond films. ... The TriStar Pictures logo from 1993 to the present TriStar redirects here. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... Science fiction film is a film genre that uses speculative, science-based depictions of imaginary phenomena such as extra-terrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, and time travel, often along with technological elements such as futuristic spacecraft, robots, or other technologies. ... Roland Emmerich on the set of Independence Day Roland Emmerich (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, writer, and producer. ... Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is best known for his roles as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off and the adult Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... Jean Reno (born Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez (Spanish) [1][2] while French sources spell it as Don Juan Moreno y Herrera Jimenez [3]. on July 30, 1948) is a French actor. ... Maria Pitillo (b. ... Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, United States) is an American actor, director, comedian and voice artist. ... Michael Lerner (born June 22, 1941) is an Academy-Award nominated American character actor. ... Kevin Dunn (born February 26, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American character actor who has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films since the 1980s. ... American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... This article is about the character itself. ...


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Development

TriStar secured rights from Toho to produce an American Godzilla film in 1992. One of the key players in this arrangement was Henry G. Saperstein, who had brought several Godzilla films to America with his United Productions of America. TriStar originally hoped to have the film released in 1994. However, it was not until May 1993 that Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott were asked to write a screenplay. The script was completed in November, but TriStar had yet to select a director for the film. TriStar Pictures is a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, itself a subdivision of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, which is owned by Sony Pictures. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... The year 1992 in film involved many significant films. ... United Productions of America, better known as UPA, was an animation studio of the 1940s through 1970s, and a distributor of Japanese films from Toho Studios from the 1970s onward. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... Terry Rossio, born July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is an American screenwriter screenwriting guru and film producer. ... Ted Elliott is an American screenwriter and labor leader. ...


In July 1994, well after the originally announced release date, TriStar tapped Jan de Bont to direct the film. de Bont confessed to liking the older Godzilla films, although he stated that many of the later ones with their monster free-for-alls were a bit silly. Although he intended to keep humor in the picture, de Bont also pledged to deliver stunning effects and preserve the indomitable spirit of the Japanese Godzilla. de Bont assembled a team and had Rossio and Elliott rework the script to make it more to his liking. The revised script was ready in December 1994[1]. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... Jan de Bont (born October 22, 1943) is a Dutch cameraman and film director. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ...


Godzilla was to look like his traditional Japanese counterpart with his Atomic Breath. Godzilla was created by an ancient Alien race to protect the Earth from a giant shape-shifting Alien monster, the Gryphon (originally planned to be King Ghidorah). The two behemoths finally met in New York City, taking out most of Manhattan in the fight. Gryphon may refer to: Gryphon, a legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. ... For the Japanese rap group, see King Giddra For the Daniel Dumile moniker, see King Geedorah King Ghidorah ), sometimes spelled Ghidrah or Ghidora or even Ghidra, is a daikaiju featured in several of Toho Studios Godzilla films and (in derivative forms) in their Mothra Trilogy. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


After Industrial Light and Magic turned down working on the Godzilla project, in October 1994 it was announced that Stan Winston's Digital Domain would be doing the effects work for Godzilla, with a reported budget of around $50 million. The entire film was estimated to cost around $120 million. de Bont sent crews to construct a Japanese fishing village on the Oregon coast, filming Godzilla's attack on the Kuril Islands as the backbone for a teaser trailer. The sets were built, but filming did not occur. Sony, TriStar's parent company, panicked when they saw the massive price tag being affixed to de Bont's Godzilla project. In late December 1994, TriStar and Jan de Bont parted company after the director refused to accept the studio's new budget restrictions. Although the script was rewritten again, this time by Donald MacPherson in May 1995, the project was to all intents, dead. TriStar began to court Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the team who had just reaped huge profits with Independence Day in 1996. By May 1997, Devlin and Emmerich officially had the job. They agreed to bring the movie in for about half of what de Bont wanted, $65 million. Industrial Light & Magic original logo, designed by Drew Struzan Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a motion picture special visual effects company, founded in May 1975 by George Lucas and owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... Stan Winston (born April 7, 1946, in Richmond, Virginia), is an Academy Award winning special effects and makeup artist, and film director. ... Digital Domain is an Academy Award-winning computer graphics company located in Venice, California that provides visual effects for film, commercials and music videos. ... USD redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For the political history of the sovereignty conflict, see Kuril Islands dispute. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... Dean Devlin is a former actor and current screenwriter and producer. ... Roland Emmerich on the set of Independence Day Roland Emmerich (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, writer, and producer. ... Independence Day (also known by its promotional abbreviation ID4) is a 1996 Academy Award-winning science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. ... The year 1996 in film involved some significant events. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ...


Besides, Jan de Bont, James Cameron, Tim Burton, Joe Johnston, and Paul Verhoeven were chosen directors for this movie before Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin came in and re-wrote the script, directing this movie instead. For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and often dark atmosphere in his high-profile films. ... Joseph Eggleston Joe Johnston III (born May 13, 1950 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a well-known American film director responsbile for such films as Hidalgo, Jurassic Park III, October Sky, and Jumanji, amongst others. ... Paul Verhoeven (IPA: [pʌul vɛrhuvən]) (born July 18, 1938 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch film director, screenwriter, and film producer. ...


Tomoyuki Tanaka,who had produced all of the Japanese Godzilla movies, was going to be the producer but he died only a month before this film began actual production. Tomoyuki Tanaka may refer to: Tomoyuki Tanaka is the name of the Japanese film producer responsible for the Godzilla movies Tomoyuki Tanaka is the name of the Japanese musician commonly known as Fantastic Plastic Machine This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same...


Matthew Broderick's character's name is Dr. Niko Tatopoulos. Godzilla's designer and supervisor is Patrick Tatopoulos. Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is best known for his roles as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off and the adult Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... Patrick Tatopoulos Patrick Tatopoulos is a renowned American production designer. ...


Plot

The film's opening credits play over a montage of French nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean (which are actually historical footages of American nuclear tests), observed by various species of lizard. The nest of a Green Iguana is irradiated by the fallout. Montage is a French word, translated as a verb, to edit, or a masculine noun, assembly. ... It has been suggested that Force de frappe be merged into this article or section. ... The federal government of the United States is known to possess three types of weapons of mass destruction: nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and biological weapons. ... For other uses, see Lizard (disambiguation). ...


Years later, a Japanese fishing ship is attacked by an unseen, giant monster, and only one sailor survives. Traumatized, he is questioned in a hospital by a mysterious Frenchman (Jean Reno) as to what he saw. His only reply is, "Gojira." Jean Reno (born Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez (Spanish) [1][2] while French sources spell it as Don Juan Moreno y Herrera Jimenez [3]. on July 30, 1948) is a French actor. ... Gojira may mean any of the following: Godzilla, the kaiju known as ゴジラ (Gojira) in Japanese, spanning a series of 29 films. ...


Another seaborne attack just by the Eastern Seaboard culminates in the eventual destruction of a fishing ship. The crew, however, survive, after witnessing their boat sinking, but it shot up from underneath and landed with a huge splash in the surface. Categories: US geography stubs ...


Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatapolous (Matthew Broderick), an NRC scientist, who happened to be in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine) researching the effects of radiation on wildlife, is interrupted by the arrival of an agent of the U.S. State Department. He is sent to Panama, escorted by the military, to observe the wreckage of the recovered Japanese fishing ship (which had three gigantic claw marks on one side) and a set of massive dinosaur-like footprints in the grassy soil. The Frenchman is also there, observing the scene and introduces himself as an insurance agent. Aboard a military aircraft, Tatapolous identifies skin samples he recovered as belonging to an animal "unknown to science". Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is best known for his roles as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off and the adult Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... NRC headquarters in Rockville, MD. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (or NRC) is a United States government agency that was established by the Energy Reorganization Act in 1974, and was first opened January 19, 1975. ... Entrance to the Zone of Alienation Abandoned living blocks in the Zone The Zone of Alienation, which is variously referred to as The Chernobyl Zone, The 30 Kilometer Zone, The Zone of Exclusion, The Fourth Zone, or just The Zone (Ukrainian official designation: Зона відчуження Чорнобильської АЕС, zona vidchuzhennya Chornobylskoyi AES, colloquially... The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the Cabinet-level foreign affairs agency of the United States government, equivalent to foreign ministries in other countries. ... Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ...


Gojira then heads to New York City, dragging three trawlers under the sea on the way, then creating havoc in the Fulton Fish Market, before rampaging through the city. Manhattan is evacuated and the military attempt to kill the monster, first luring it out with a huge pile of fish. It takes the bait, but then shrugs off small arms fire, and is chased by three AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. They fire, only to knock the top two dozen stories off the Chrysler Building. Gojira escapes, but not before Nick realizes that the monster reproduces asexually, and is collecting food not only for itself, but also for its offspring. Nick is determined to find its nest. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A modern Icelandic trawler A trawler is a fishing vessel designed for the purpose of operating a trawl, a type of fishing net that is dragged along the bottom of the sea (or sometimes above the bottom at a specified depth). ... The Markets Interior The Fulton Fish Market is a fish market in New York, United States. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... Small arms captured in Fallujah, Iraq by the US Marine Corps in 2004 The term small arms generally describes any number of smaller infantry weapons, such as firearms that an individual soldier can carry. ... The AH-64 Apache is the United States Armys principal attack helicopter, and is the successor to the AH-1 Cobra. ... A Russian Mil Mi-24 attack helicopter. ... The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. ... It has been suggested that Parthenogenesis be merged into this article or section. ...


However, a videotape from Panama is stolen by Nick's ex-girlfriend, Audrey Timmonds (Maria Pitillo), a would-be TV journalist for news channel "WIDF." Audrey originally intended to broadcast the tape herself, but her boss broadcasted it instead and mispronounced "Gojira" as "Godzilla." The military is outraged by the broadcasting of the classified tape and Nick is thrown off the team. Nick is then kidnapped by the Frenchman who introduces himself as Philippe Roaché, an agent of the DGSE, the French Secret Service. He and his team have been keeping close watch on events, and are now ready to help clear up the mess they feel responsible for, but cannot acknowledge. Maria Pitillo (b. ... Logo of Francess Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE) / General Directorate for External Security. ...


The military lures it out again, into the waters of the Hudson River with three U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. Two subs fire torpedoes at Godzilla. However, through some quick evasion, Godzilla manages to have the torpedoes hit the sub Anchorage instead. One sub fires, again, and this time, Godzilla is torpedoed, and seems to be dead. Meanwhile Nick and a French team, led by Roaché, surreptitiously followed by Audrey and cameraman Victor "Animal" Palotti (Hank Azaria), track Godzilla through the subway tunnels to the Madison Square Garden, finding hundreds of eggs. They start to lay explosives, but the eggs start to hatch. The Baby Godzillas begin to look for food, and since the team smell like fish, they become inevitable targets. After failing to contain the infants and losing several members of the team, the remaining four of them take refuge in a TV broadcast booth. Knowing that the Baby Godzillas will eventually force humanity into extinction if they escape, Nick, Audrey, and Animal alert the authorities, who order an immediate strike by a trio of F/A-18 Hornets. The four escape just before the building is destroyed, only for an extremely enraged Godzilla (who managed to survive the assault in the river) to emerge from the wreckage. The four make a getaway in a taxicab, and lure it to the Brooklyn Bridge where it becomes entangled in the steel suspension cables, and is an easy target for the fighters. After it is hit by twelve missiles, it screams in pain and falls to the ground, its heart beating slowly until it breathes its last breath. , The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, the Great Mohegan by the Iroquois,[1][2][3] or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami, Muhheakantuck, Θkahnéhtati[4] in Tuscarora), is a river that runs through the eastern portion of New York State and... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... USS Los Angeles A submarine is a specialized watercraft that can operate underwater. ... Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, United States) is an American actor, director, comedian and voice artist. ... Times Square–42nd Street station entrance The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority , an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and also known as MTA New York City Transit. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... For other uses, see Zilla (disambiguation). ... The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a modern all-weather carrier-capable strike fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. ... For specific countries see Taxicabs around the world. ... For other uses, see Brooklyn Bridge (disambiguation). ...


As Nick, Audrey and Animal reconcile, Roaché quietly walks off with the videotape and calls Nick to tell him he will return it after "certain information" has been removed, and disappears into the night.


All seems well until we see in the smoking ruins of the Garden, a single egg has survived and hatches...


Music

The film's soundtrack featured songs by such artists as Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page ("Come with Me"), Jamiroquai ("Deeper Underground"), Rage Against the Machine ("No Shelter"), Foo Fighters ("A320"), Ben Folds Five ("Air"), and Green Day ("Brain Stew (Remix)" ). The David Bowie song "Heroes", covered by The Wallflowers, can be clearly heard in the background during a restaurant scene early in the movie and is also featured in the closing credits. L'Arc-en-Ciel composed the theme song entitled "Shinsoku Lose Control" for the official Japanese release of the movie. David Arnold's orchestral score provided the music for the rest of the movie, and roughly four minutes of it is included on the album. A score-only release was cancelled due to the film's box office performance, and Arnold's complete score remained unreleased until 2007, when La-La Land Records released a limited edition (3,000 units) of the complete score on two discs. In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969[1]) is an American record producer, CEO, clothing designer, actor, and rapper. ... For the Scottish football (soccer) player, see Jimmy Page (footballer). ... Come with Me is a song by Puff Daddy associated with 1998s Godzilla film. ... Jamiroquai is a Grammy Award-winning English funk / soul / disco band. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Rage Against the Machine, is an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1991. ... No Shelter is a song released by Rage Against the Machine in 1998. ... This article is about the band. ... A320 is a song by the Foo Fighters that was used in the Godzilla movie soundtrack. ... Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a trio formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who were a mainstay of piano rock until their breakup in 2000. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... Heroes track listing Heroes is a song written by David Bowie and Brian Eno in 1977. ... The Wallflowers are a Grammy Award-winning rock band from Los Angeles, California. ... David Arnold (born February 27, 1962 in Luton in Bedfordshire, England) is one of the most popular and successful young British composers[citation needed]. He is probably best known for the film scores to Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and four James Bond films. ... La-La Land Records is an American record company based in Burbank (CA 91502), specialized in movie and television soundtracks. ...


Sequels and spin-offs

Main article: Godzilla: The Series

The film spawned an animated series which continued the storyline of the movie. In this series, Nick Tatapolous accidentally discovers the egg that survived the destruction of the nest. The creature hatches and imprints on Nick as its parent. Subsequently, Nick and his associates form a research team, investigating strange occurrences and defending human kind from numerous other monsters. Fans received the series to be better than the movie.


Lower than expected domestic box office sales led to the canceling of the planned sequel. Roland Emmerich would go on to direct The Patriot. The Patriot is a 2000 film starring Mel Gibson and directed by Roland Emmerich. ...


Early in the film Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, one of the main characters is giving a lecture to several Japanese military personnel and briefly mentions a monster attack on New York City, referring to the events in the 1998 film. Two of the soldiers say that American scientists believe Godzilla is the one who attacked New York, but the Japanese scientists have some doubts about that. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is a movie in the Godzilla series. ...


In Godzilla: Final Wars, the American Godzilla makes an appearance using the name "Zilla". It attacks Sydney, Australia and then briefly fights the Toho Godzilla, only to be killed by it. Ryuhei Kitamura, the director of Godzilla: Final Wars, who is fluent in English, chose this name because he thought the American film "Took the God out of Godzilla." Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ... For other uses, see Zilla (disambiguation). ... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ...


Marketing campaign

The marketing campaign for Godzilla was multi-pronged in its execution:

  • Crushed cars were dotted around London as a part of a guerrilla advertising campaign.
  • In the month or so before its release, ads on street corners made references to Godzilla's size in comparison to whatever medium of advertising the advertisement was on.
    • Examples: "His foot is bigger than this bus.", "His eye is bigger than this billboard.", etc.
  • Prior to the release of the film, Godzilla was never shown in its entirety, only in bits and pieces. This was intended to add a bit of mystery to the creature's design, thereby prompting audiences to pay for a ticket because the only way to see Godzilla as a whole was in theaters. A similar marketing scheme was used in the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds and the 2008 monster film Cloverfield. Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin insisted that extensive measures had been taken to keep the new look of Godzilla secret, prior to release. When images leaked out onto the internet, the Sony Pictures insisted it was part of a massive disinformation campaign designed to keep people guessing about what Godzilla looked like. Ultimately, however, the circulated drawings proved to be authentic.
  • Taco Bell had tie-ins such as cups and toys that promoted the film. The Taco Bell chihuahua was also at the height of its popularity in Taco Bell's television commercials. During the summer of 1998, several commercials pairing Godzilla with the Taco Bell mascot were produced and aired, including several with the chihuahua trying to catch Godzilla in a tiny box, whistling and calling, "Here, lizard, lizard, lizard." When Godzilla appears, the chihuahua says, "Uh-oh. I think I need a bigger box." (referring to the classic line from Jaws, "We're gonna need a bigger boat" and the line in the film itself "Uh, we need bigger guns")
  • The film's first teaser trailer began appearing in theaters a full year before the movie was released. The trailer featured a shot of Godzilla's foot coming through the roof of a museum and crushing a T. rex skeleton as a tour guide gives a lecture saying that the T. rex was one of the largest predators the world has ever seen. The lizard species that Godzilla mutated from can be seen in a display case.
  • Recently, the American Godzilla appeared in two Doritos commercials. Footage from the "fish trap" scenes was edited to replace the fish with large quantities of Doritos chips: one commercial depicted Godzilla consuming a whole semi trailer full of Doritos, while the other showed the creature eating a spicy variant of Doritos and jumping into the Hudson River.

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Box office and critical reaction

Godzilla's only surviving offspring, which appears briefly at the end of this film; and would later star in Godzilla: The Series.

Godzilla was initially projected to take in $90,000,000 in domestic sales during its opening weekend, to surpass the record set the year before by The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Actual opening weekend sales were a respectable $54,000,000, but clearly did not track with studio profit forecasts. Godzilla would "break even" in the U.S. market, taking in $136,314,294 at the domestic box office. Overseas sales would ultimately make the movie profitable, bringing the Worldwide total to $379,014,294. Image File history File links Baby_godzilla_hatching. ... Image File history File links Baby_godzilla_hatching. ... The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 movie which is a sequel to the blockbuster Jurassic Park. ...


Fans of the original film and franchise considered the film to be so apocryphal that Toho Studios officially named this film's title monster "Zilla" to differentiate it from the original Godzilla. Toho Co. ... For other uses, see Zilla (disambiguation). ... This article is about the character itself. ...


The mayor of New York City is named Ebert, and his top adviser is named Gene, a reference to the famous film critiquing duo from TV's Siskel & Ebert. Both bear a strong physical resemblance to the real-life critics. It was an attempt at expressing displeasure at the negative reviews Siskel and Ebert had given the producers' previous films. Although Roger Ebert was flattered at the parody, he gave Godzilla a bad review anyway. Gene Siskel, however, found the parody "petty", also giving the film a negative review. At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper is a movie review television program featuring film critic Roger Ebert and columnist Richard Roeper, both of the Chicago Sun-Times. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Eugene Gene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was one of the worlds most successful film critics. ...


Cameos and allusions to other films

Barney the dinosaur Barney & Friends is a childrens television show, mainly aimed at preschoolers, starring a large purple dinosaur named Barney. ... Barney & Friends is a popular childrens television show produced in the United States, mainly aimed at preschoolers. ... Independence Day (also known by its promotional abbreviation ID4) is a 1996 Academy Award-winning science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. ... Roland Emmerich on the set of Independence Day Roland Emmerich (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, writer, and producer. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... A screenshot from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan showing data on the Kobayashi Maru. ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Godzilla no Gyakushū , lit. ... A Himalayan avalanche near Mount Everest. ... film poster of It Came From Beneath The Sea It Came From Beneath The Sea is an American black and white 1955 science fiction film produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer for Columbia Pictures Corp. ... Jean Reno (born Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez (Spanish) [1][2] while French sources spell it as Don Juan Moreno y Herrera Jimenez [3]. on July 30, 1948) is a French actor. ... This article is about the film. ...

References

Gojira ), sometimes referred to as Godzilla in recent years, is a landmark 1954 Japanese science fiction film, produced and distributed by Toho Company Ltd. ... Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film adapted from the 1954 Japanese film Godzilla, which had previously been shown subtitled in the United States in Japanese community theaters only, and was not known in Europe. ... The Shōwa period (Japanese: 昭和時代, Shōwa-jidai, period of enlightened peace) was the time in Japanese history when Emperor Hirohito reigned over the country, from December 25, 1926 to January 7, 1989. ... Godzilla no Gyakushū , lit. ... King Kong vs. ... This article is about the 1964 film. ... Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen lit. ... Invasion of Astro-Monster; known in Japan as Kaijū Daisenso lit. ... Godzilla vs. ... Son of Godzilla, released in Japan as Kaijū-tō no Kessen: Godzilla no Musuko , lit. ... This article is about the film. ... All Monsters Attack, released in Japan as Godzilla Minilla Gabara: Ōru Kaijū Daishingeki , lit. ... Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla vs. ... Terror of Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Mechagodzilla no Gyakushū , lit. ... In daikaiju eiga the Heisei period refers not to the reign of the current emperor of Japan but to all daikaiju eiga made between 1985 and 1999, starting with The Return of Godzilla and ending with Gamera vs Irys Categories: Stub ... The Return of Godzilla, released as Godzilla ) in Japan and released as Godzilla 1985 in America, is a 1984 daikaiju eiga (Japanese giant-monster movie). ... Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla vs. ... This article is about the 1992 film. ... Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II (Gojira tai Mekagojira in the original Japanese) is a 1993 film. ... Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla vs. ... In the terminology of daikaiju eiga the Mireniamu (Millennium) Era refers not to the actual millennium but to all Godzilla films made between 1999 and the present day starting with Godzilla 2000: Millennium and continuing through Godzilla: Final Wars, which is supposedly the last movie in the series, or at... The name Godzilla 2000, is another name for Godzilla 2000: Millennium. ... Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is a movie in the Godzilla series. ... Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, released in Japan as Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ... Atragon (海底軍艦 - Kaitei Gunkan, Undersea Battleship) is a 1963 Toho tokusatsu film based on the 1899 novel Kaitei Gunkan by Shunrō Oshikawa and the illustrated story Kaitei Okoku (The Undersea Kingdom) by Shigeru Komatsuzaki, who also served as visual designer for the film. ... Battle in Outer Space (宇宙大戦争 - Uchu daisenso), is a tokusatsu film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1960. ... Dogora or Dagora, the Space Monster, released in Japan as Uchū Daikaijū Dogora lit. ... Facing The Avengers in Godzilla #23 (1979). ... Frankenstein Conquers the World, released in Japan as Frankenstein tai Chitei Kaijū , lit. ... Godzilla 3D to the MAX , Godzilla 3D) is an IMAX tokusatsu 3-D film currently in planning phase (it has not yet been produced). ... Godzilla Island (ゴジラ アイランド) was a television show spinoff of the Godzilla franchise. ... The Godzilla Power Hour was a 60-minute Saturday morning animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho in 1978 and aired on NBC in the US and TV Tokyo in Japan. ... Gorath (妖星ゴラス - Yosei Gorasu) is a 1962 science fiction tokusatsu produced by Toho Studios which depicts a runaway star on a collision course with Earth. ... King Kong Escapes, released in Japan as Kingu Kongu no Gyakushū literally King Kongs Counterattack), is a Japanese/American tokusatsu film. ... millenium godzilla is disturbed by aliens and fires his atomic ray and incinerates them. ... Mothra ) is a 1961 daikaiju eiga (giant-monster movie) from Toho Studios, directed by genre regular Ishirō Honda with special effects by legend Eiji Tsuburaya. ... The Mysterians, released in Japan as Chikyū Bōeigun lit. ... Rebirth of Mothra , Mothra) is the first in a trilogy of kaiju eiga produced by Toho, in which Mothra saves the world from environment-threatening monsters. ... Rebirth of Mothra II, released in Japan as Mothra 2: Kaitei Kessan , lit. ... Rebirth of Mothra III (モスラ3 キングギドラ来襲 - Mosura 3: Kingu Gidora raishu, Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks) is a 1998 tokusatsu film. ... Rodan released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū: Radon , lit. ... Space Amoeba or Yog--Monster from Space, released in Japan as Gezora Ganime Kamoebas: Kessen! Nankai no Daikaijū , lit. ... Varan the Unbelievable , Giant Monster Varan) is a 1958 daikaiju eiga (giant-monster movie) directed by Ishiro Honda (drama) and Eiji Tsuburaya (tokusatsu), and their last black-and-white monster film. ... The War in Space ), is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in (1977). ... War of the Gargantuas, released in Japan as Frankenstein no Kaijū: Sanda tai Gaira , lit. ... This is a list featuring all the Godzilla games made through the years. ... Zone Fighter, known in Japan as Ryūsei Ningen Zone , lit. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Kaijū (怪獣) is a Japanese term that generically translates to monster. ... This article is about the term used in science fiction, anime, and manga. ... Anguirus ) is the second daikaijū (big monster), who appeared only a year after Godzilla in the 1955 Toho film Godzilla Raids Again. ... Baragon ) is a fictional kaiju that was first featured in the 1965 Toho produced film, Frankenstein vs. ... Battra ) is a fictional giant black moth appearing in Godzilla vs. ... Biollante ) is a daikaiju from the Godzilla film series. ... Destoroyah ), alternatively Destroyah or Destroyer, is a kaiju from the 1995 film Godzilla vs. ... Ebira ), is an fictional enormous shrimp that was first featured in the 1966 movie, Godzilla vs. ... This article is about the Toho incarnation of Frankensteins Monster. ... Gabara (ガバラ) is a fictional kaiju (giant monster) featured in the 1969 Japanese tokusatsu film All Monsters Attack (also known as Godzillas Revenge), the tenth Godzilla film to be produced by Toho. ... Ganimes is a fictional kaiju from the japanese science fiction, Space Amoeba. ... “Gezora” is a fictional kaiju featured in the 1970 Toho produced film Space Amoeba a. ... Gigan ) is a daikaiju from the Godzilla series, introduced in the 1972 film Godzilla vs. ... This article is about the character itself. ... Godzilla Junior ), also known as Baby and Little One, is the adoptive son of Godzilla featured in the last few movies of the VS Series. ... Gorosaurus (King Kong Escapes, 1967). ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Jet Jaguar ) is a fictional robot that appears in the Godzilla film Godzilla vs. ... Kamacuras ), is a fictional gigantic praying mantis that has appeared in the Toho produced Godzilla series. ... Kamoebas ) is a fictional monster that appeared in the 1970 film, Space Amoeba. ... King Caesar ) is a bipedal kaiju from the Toho produced Godzilla series. ... For the Japanese rap group, see King Giddra For the Daniel Dumile moniker, see King Geedorah King Ghidorah ), sometimes spelled Ghidrah or Ghidora or even Ghidra, is a daikaiju featured in several of Toho Studios Godzilla films and (in derivative forms) in their Mothra Trilogy. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Manda ) is a fictional kaiju created by the Japanese movie making company, Toho. ... Mechagodzilla ) is a fictional character from various films in the Godzilla series, introduced in Godzilla vs. ... Mechani-Kong in King Kong Escapes. ... Megalon ) is a fictional kaiju (giant monster) featured in the 1973 Japanese tokusatsu film Godzilla vs. ... Meganulon ) were Mesozoic giant insects reanimated by mining operations in Kitamatsu village, Kumamoto Prefecture, in the 1956 kaiju eiga Rodan. ... This article is about the monster from Godzilla films. ... Moguera ) is a daikaiju featured in two of Tohos science fiction films. ... For the web browser software of the same name, see Mothra (web browser). ... Orga ) is an enormous, mutated alien kaiju featured in the 1999 movie, Godzilla 2000: Millennium. ... Rodan ), is a fictional monster, introduced in Rodan, a 1956 release from Toho Studios, the company responsible for the Godzilla series. ... SpaceGodzilla ), is a modified clone of Godzilla featured in the VS Series of Godzilla films. ... Titanosaurus is a fictional daikaiju (giant monster) featured in the 1975 Japanese tokusatsu film Terror of Mechagodzilla, the fifteenth Godzilla film to be produced by Toho. ... Varan (バラン - Baran) is a kaiju that first appeared in Varan the Unbelievable (1958). ... For other uses, see Zilla (disambiguation). ... This is a list of the fictional extraterrestrial races featured in the tokusatsu films and television series produced by Japanese production company Toho, including the various Godzilla films. ... Like most fictional universes, the world of the Godzilla films has been enriched by fictional locales ranging from small Pacific Islands to galactically distant nebulae. ... The Gotengo surfaces during its test run in Atragon (1963). ... Krystalak is a fictional kaiju that is said to appear in the upcoming Godzilla: Unleashed. ... Markalites (also Marcalite Farps or Cannons) were superweapons developed for the 1957 Toho science fiction film The Mysterians, in which they absorb and reflect the Mysterians powerful radioactive rays back at them. ... Miki Saegusa ), played by Megumi Odaka, is a recurring fictional character from the Heisei Godzilla film series. ... // Monsterland was introduced in the 1968 film Destroy All Monsters. ... Obsidius is a fictional kaiju from the video game Godzilla: Unleashed. ... Over the years Godzilla has possessed many powers and abilities to use against his foes. ... Steve Martin is a fictional American reporter played by actor Raymond Burr. ... For the American classic motorcycle, see Excelsior Super X. The Super X ) was a fictional Japanese military aircraft featured in the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla. ... As an enduring and iconic symbol of post-World War II Japanese cinematic history,[1] Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, has been referenced and parodied numerous times in popular culture. ... Roland Emmerich on the set of Independence Day Roland Emmerich (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, writer, and producer. ... Moon 44 was a 1990 science fiction, action film from Centropolis Film Productions. ... For other uses, see Universal Soldier. ... Stargate is a science fiction/action film released in 1994, directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, with a soundtrack by David Arnold. ... Independence Day (also known by its promotional abbreviation ID4) is a 1996 Academy Award-winning science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. ... The Patriot is a 2000 film starring Mel Gibson and directed by Roland Emmerich. ... This article is about the 2004 theatrical disaster film dealing with global warming. ... 10,000 BC is a 2008 American film set in the prehistoric era directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Camilla Belle and Steven Strait. ...

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