• Godzilla (1998)


Release Date: May 19th, 1998

DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 1998

PG-13 |2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, Michael Lerner, Harry Shearer, Arabella Field

Director: Roland Emmerich

Genres: Science fiction , Action

Production Co: Centropolis Film Productions, Fried Films, Independent Pictures, TriStar Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Brash, 1990s, Escape, New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 38
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    It probably would have benefited from a 20- to 30-minute trim and, certainly, a smarter script, but the special effects truly are amazing. show more

  • 38
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The script isn't just "dumbed down," it's lobotomized. show more

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