Godzilla is a 1998 American action science fiction film, produced and released by Dooley Bros. The film was directed by up and coming French film director Roland Emmerich and based on the popular Japanese Godzilla franchise and is a re-imagining of the 1954 Japanese film of the same name.

The film was largely known for its outstanding CGI and special effects that was said to have rivaled that of the widely successful 1993 film Jurassic Park which, according to Roland Emmerich was a huge inspiration for the film's style and effects. The film received mostly positive reviews and was an enormous box office success, reigning in over $600 million in the United States and nearly $800 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of 1998.



Michael J. Fox as Dr. Nicolas Tatopoulous

Gerard Depardieu as Philippe Roache

Kristy Swanson as Audrey Timmonds

Jason Lee as Victor "Animal" Palotti

Harry Shearer as Charles Caiman

John Heard as Colonel Anthony Hicks

Michael Learner as Mayor Ebert

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Lucy Palotti

Tom Brady as Sergeant O'Neal

Production and Development

Previous Failed Godzilla Projects

Casting and Writing



Critical Response and Box Office

Box Office

Critical Response


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