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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First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Production Supervisor
Production Manager
Unit Production Manager

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Foley Editor
Sound Effects Editor
Boom Operator


Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director
Extras Casting

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


First Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor

Makeup and Hair

Hair Stylist

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor


Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Performer
Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
Size Does Matter
1998. The year of GODZILLA!
Something Big Is Happening
The city that never sleeps just got a wake-up call.
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Pacific Rim (English)
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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 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)'.