Godzilla (1998)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 18 mins

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During a nuclear test, the French government inadvertently mutates a lizard nest; years later, a giant lizard makes its way to New York City. Dr. Niko Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick), an expert on the effects of radiation on animals, is sent by the U.S. government to study the beast. When the creature, dubbed "Godzilla" by news outlets, emerges, a massive battle with the military begins. To make matters worse, Niko discovers that Godzilla has laid a nest of 200 eggs, which are ready to hatch.
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as Philippe Roaché
as Audrey Timmonds
as Dr. Niko Tatopoulos
as Taxi Cab Driver
Supporting Actor
as Lucy Palotti
as Reporters
as New Jersey Cop
as Freddie
as Arthur
as Apache Pilot
as General Anderson
as Jean-Luc
as Radio Technician
Supporting Actor
as Japanese Tanker Skipper
as Radio Man
Supporting Actor
as Radio Technician
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Sergeant O'Neal
as Raven Pilot #2
as F-18 Pilot
as New York Cop
as Rodgers
as Apache Pilot
as Jean-Philippe
as Jean-Pierre
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Kyle Terrington
as Governor
as Soldier on Bridge
as Victor 'Animal' Palotti
as Charles Caiman
as Leonard
as Soldier
as F-18 Pilot
Supporting Actor
as Colonel Hicks
as Apache Pilot
as Officer
as Homeless Guy
as Japanese Tanker Cook
as Pharmacist
as Gene - Mayor's Aide
as Dr. Mendel Craven
as Radio Operator
as F-18 Pilot
as apanese Tanker Crew Member
as Mayor Ebert
as Soldier on Plane
as Caiman's Secretary
as F-18 Pilot
as Apache Pilot
as Soldier
as Jean-Claude
as Old Fisherman
as Jimmy
as Admiral Phelps
as WIDF Co-Anchor
Supporting Actor
as Apache Pilot
as Murray
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Apache Pilot
as Lt. Anderson
as Jules
Supporting Actor
as Soldier
as Japanese Tanker Captain
as Dr. Elsie Chapman


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Unit Production Manager

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Music Director


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Boom Operator


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Extras Casting

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Hair Stylist

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Post Production Supervisor


Stunt Coordinator
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Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
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Size Does Matter
1998. The year of GODZILLA!
Something Big Is Happening
The city that never sleeps just got a wake-up call.
Audio/Video Mismatch
In the opening sequence of nuclear explosions, we hear sounds from the first blasts simultaneously with seeing them, although our view is from some distance away.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Niko is in the taxi and is asking where Philippe is taking him, Niko's lips don't match up to what he's saying. For example when he says "Let me go!", his lips do NOT match what he's saying.

Character Error
Elsie suggests that Godzilla's footprints may belong to the dinosaur Allosaurus, and Nick corrects her that Godzilla is much too big to be a dinosaur. A true paleontologists wouldn't have considered this in the first place, as Godzilla's footprints are already larger than most dinosaurs. It's also impossible to determine the genus of a dinosaur from just a footprint, so Elsie's guess couldn't have been any more specific than a "theropod dinosaur" (bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs).

Character Error
Aboard the submarine a crewman replies, "Aye-Aye," to an officer's question. In the Navy "Aye-Aye" is only spoken in response to an order.

Godzilla seems to shrink and grow with the surrounding structure, such as in one scene he is taller than the surrounding structures and the next he is dwarfed by the same structures.

We see the top of the Chrysler building being knocked off early in the film. When there is a long shot of Madison Square Garden after the air strike the Chrysler is shown intact.

Colonel Hicks refers to Rodgers as "Captain" at first, and then "Lieutenant" later on in the film.

In the beginning when Godzilla comes cars bounce as he walks. Yet later on in the chase sequence he was much closer to them and their car remained on the ground even when they were underneath him.

When Dr. Niko is standing in his "sample" (i.e., the footprint), Colonel Hicks uses a ladder to climb out of the footprint, but they never descended a ladder to get into the footprint in the first place. A long shot of the scene reveals that all sides of the print are vertical - there is no sloped side that they could have walked down.

In one scene Lieutenant Anderson has his sleeves rolled up Army-style and the next, they are rolled Marine-style.

Throughout the chase scene near the movie's end, the advertisement light on the taxi roof is on/off between shots. In addition, sometimes it appears firmly fixed in place, while at other times it is obviously loose and sliding all over the roof.

Near the end, when the taxi is caught between Godzilla's jaws, the vehicle changes position between shots.

When they are on the transport plane, the exterior shot shows it to be during a thunderstorm at night, while during the interior shots sunlight is clearly showing through the windows.

On the bridge, one of the Caprice's headlights is burned out in live action shots, but both are working in the wide CG shots.

When the three fighters destroyed Madison Square Gardens the leader used 2 missiles. However later on when Godzilla the leader has 4 missiles just like the others when he already used up two.

When the old man is fishing from the pier his line is reeling out quickly but his bobber is still just floating in front of him.

When Godzilla is approaching the News Studio the light inside is shaking, yet when he is right outside the window and still walking at the same pace, there is no vibration or shaking of the light.

When the Broderick character leaves town in a cab we see pouring rain through the plain-glass rear window of the cab. Later, when the cab stops to reveal the driver as French secret service, we see the rear window over Broderick's shoulder suddenly now has defroster wires embedded in the glass.

Upon showing the aftermath of Godzilla's first attack on New York there's a shot of the MetLife building with a huge hole torn right through the middle of it. But later there's a wide shot of the city showing the MetLife building completely intact.

When the cab is stuck in the Park Avenue tunnel, Godzilla tears up the road in front of the cab, later, when the cab takes off, the road is fine.

During the final chase sequence, the extent of the damage on the taxi changes consistently between shots, particularly on the sides.

The cargo ship seen washed up on the shore after Tatopoulos examines the footprint is different to the ship attacked at the start of the film. The ship at the start has a single superstructure at its rear, whereas the washed up ship has front and rear superstructures.

Troughout the movie cars are scattered everywhere. But at the end where they leave in a car there is hardly any debris on the roads.

Godzilla's footsteps make cars bounce, but nearby pedestrians are unaffected.

Cars in the beginning of the film jump on the streets when Godzilla approaches, but throughout the movie, they stop bouncing when he approaches.

When Victor runs out of the diner you see a hydrant with water pouring out. When he pushes the tape in (two shots later) it is gone.

The length of the pier the man is fishing from varies between shots when Godzilla first attacks New York.

During the part where Godzilla has the cab in his mouth, the back windshield is perfectly fine, yet earlier on, the windshield is broken.

After Godzilla attacks, Manhattan is completely evacuated, yet later, there is a pharmacy open for business when Nick is purchasing pregnancy tests.

Revealing Mistakes
When Godzilla jumps into the Hudson River over the West Side Highway, the resulting water splash is by far too small for an object that big.

Revealing Mistakes
The device that makes the cars jump can be seen under the nearest car during the mayor's speech.

Revealing Mistakes
One of the footprints in the beginning is set in a manner that would have required Godzilla to hop on one foot to make it.

Revealing Mistakes
When Nick is talking to Dr. Elsie Chapman during the jeep ride in Panama, it is obvious that the whole scene was filmed on the same short stretch of road; the same characteristically tall, slender tree can be seen behind both actors several times, in both the shots and reverse shots.

Revealing Mistakes
After Godzilla jumps in the water, in the first scene when the camera passes by the first submarine, an American flag is clearly visible painted reversed onto its hull. No submarine in the US Navy, or any other navy, have flags painted on them.

Revealing Mistakes
When Godzilla is running next to some soldiers (camera is behind them and his is approaching from their right)his left foot is not painted as flesh, you can see the fibers of the model.

Revealing Mistakes
When Nick approaches the feasting Godzilla from behind, there is a group of soldiers running around a Humvee to the right who seemingly pop into existence between frames. They don't appear to have been properly rotoscoped, so Godzilla's animation overlaps them, even though the monster is supposed to be in the background. In fact, their reflections on the wet ground can be seen before they appear.
The film's first teaser trailer began appearing in theater a full year before the film was released. The trailer contained a shot of Godzilla's foot coming through the roof of a museum and crushing a T-Rex skeleton. This scene was cut from the final version of the movie. It cost $600,000.

The film created quite a backlash among the fan base of the original series. The fans conceived a nickname to distinguish this film from the original: G.I.N.O., which is an acronym for "Godzilla in Name Only," indicating their dislike for it.

Roland Emmerich admitted that he did not like the original Godzilla movies - he only agreed to the project after being promised to be able to do what ever he wanted with the series.

Halfway through a screening, Kenpachiro Satsuma, who played Godzilla from 1985-1995, walked out, saying "It's not Godzilla. It doesn't have the spirit."

Before Hank Azaria's character runs atop cars to get footage of Godzilla, he looks up and says "Aw, Jeez", using the voice of his character Moe Szyslak on The Simpsons (1989). When asked about this during a podcast, Azaria said it was unintentional and that a little bit of his Moe voice must have "slipped through".

The original plans called for two sequels to be produced. These plans were scrapped due to the poor reception of this film.

Despite the less-than-expected box office performance, this film still made more money worldwide than any other American movie based on a foreign film.

The extra killed in his car when Godzilla first arrives in Manhattan was cast as a look-alike for J.D. Lees, editor of G-Fan magazine, because he cast disparaging remarks about the information that leaked out about the film prior to its release.

Godzilla wasn't supposed to have any breath weapon at all in this movie until an outraged fan poll demanded it.

This movie features more Simpson voice actors than any other project besides The Simpsons (1989) itself: Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer and Nancy Cartwright. The Simpsons and its creators are huge Godzilla fans and Godzilla, and his roar is used quite frequently in the show.

This Godzilla is part of the official Gojira mythos, renamed Zilla in Japan. He is described as being mistaken for Godzilla by the Americans.

The meter of the cab after the final chase sequence reads $95.20. Based on the rates on the side of the cab, this equates to Godzilla chasing the cab for about 60 miles in total.

At the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards, the film was nominated for five Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. It took home two overall for Maria Pitillo as Worst Supporting Actress and for the film as Worst Remake or Sequel.

There was enough paint used on the film to paint the entire Golden Gate Bridge.

The lead role was written specifically for Matthew Broderick. Indeed, the actor committed to the film without reading a finished screenplay.

Tomoyuki Tanaka had produced all of the Japanese Godzilla movies. He died only a month before this film began actual production. This film is dedicated to him.

The policeman seen during Godzilla's arrival is the same policeman (both played by same actor) seen suddenly leaving his patrol car in the middle of an intersection in Independence Day (1996).

Over 1,000 soft architectural pieces were created for falling debris.

Godzilla's color scheme was based on the urban environment of New York so that the monster would be able to blend in with its environment.

Elevator music in a scene with Matthew Broderick is "Danke Schoen", which Broderick lip-syncs in a memorable scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).

A small statue of an alien from Independence Day (1996) (also directed by Roland Emmerich) is visible in the broadcast booth at Madison Square Garden.

Enough lumber was used for the sets to build 50 homes.

2,000 foam fish were made to create the fish pile.

Enough non-toxic smoke was created on the film to completely fill the Los Angeles Coliseum 24 hours a day for one week.

A tornado disrupted filming in Jersey City on May 6, 1997. The film crew managed to get some footage of the disaster filmed.

Matthew Broderick's character's name is Dr. Niko Tatopoulos. Godzilla's designer and supervisor is 'Patrick Tatopoulos (I)'.

The number of the cab used in the chase at the end of the movie is MN 44. Moon 44 (1990) is the title of an earlier film that was directed by Roland Emmerich and in which Dean Devlin appeared.

During the taxi chase scene, the taxi driver's name is “Armin Tamzarian,” the real name of Principal Skinner from The Simpsons.