Japan Release: 1998
Running Time:
140 minutes


Japanese Title


Distributor: Production:

Tristar / Centropolis / Independent Pictures

After nuclear tests in French Polynesia, an iguana's nest is exposed to massive amounts of radiation. This causes one of the newborn reptiles to mutant into a giant creature. The huge beast then attacks a Japanese fishing boat, leaving few survivors. One radiation stricken individual from the boat tells French officials what he saw: Gojira. Meanwhile, the US military sends scientist Niko Tatopolous to investigate some destruction caused in Panama. He concludes that the attack is in fact from a giant lizard that was created from the nuclear tests. The monster, later dubbed Godzilla after a news anchor mispronounces Gojira, lands in Manhattan in search of food. Leaving the city in disarray, as people attempt to evacuate, the military arrives to do battle with the creature. However, the monster proves adept at burrowing, complicating matters for finding the monster as it starts to nest in the city...

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju Godzilla

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews


International Title


Initial US Title

US Distributor: Tristar (1998) / Time: 140 Minutes

Alternate Titles

The Big Fin
[Working title]



Aliens, SDF & Misc.



Directed by Roland Emmerich
Writing credits Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Produced by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, William Fay, Cary Woods, Robert Fried, Kelly Van Horn, Peter Winther
Music by David Arnold, Michael Lloyd
Cinematography by Ueli Steiger
Film Editing by Peter Amundson, David Siegel
Production Design by Oliver Scholl
Director of Special Effects Patrick Tatopoulos
Niko Tatopoulos, Doctor Matthew Broderick
Philippe Roaché Jean Reno
Audrey Timmonds Maria Pitillo
Victor "Animal" Palotti Hank Azaria
Hicks, Colonel Kevin Dunn
Charles Caiman, W.I.D.F. Anchor Harry Shearer
Elsie Chapman, Doctor Vicki Lewis
Ebert, Mayor Michael Lerner
Gene, Mayor's Aide Lorry Goldman
Lucy Palotti Arabella Field
O'Neal, Sergeant Doug Savant
Mendel Craven, Doctor Malcolm Danare
Jean-Luc Christian Aubert
Jean-Pierre Frank Bruynbroek
Jean-Claude Philippe Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Francois Giroday
Ed, W.I.D.F. Engineer Nicholas J. Giangiulio
Murray Robert Lesser
Joe, Elderly Fisherman Ralph Manza
Governor Greg Callahan
Anderson, General Chris Ellis
Caiman's Secretary Nancy Cartwright
Phelps, Admiral Richard Gant
Anderson, Lieutenant Stephen Xavier Lee
Leonard Jack Moore
Arthur Brian Farabaugh
Jules Steve Giannelli


Box Office

Release Date: July 11th, 1998 (Japan)
Attendance: 3,500,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Distribution Earning: ¥3,000,000,000 / $25,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Release Date: May 19th, 1998 (US)
Budget: $130,000,000 (US)
Attendance: 29,000,000 (US, Rough Figure)
Opening Weekend: $44,047,541 (US, 3,310 Theaters)
Total: $136,314,294 (US)

Worldwide Total: $379,014,294

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 GODZILLA Tristar (1998) Order
United States Region 1 GODZILLA: Monster Edition Sony Pictures (2006) Order
Japan Region 2 GODZILLA Toho (2000)
United States Blu-ray GODZILLA Sony Pictures (2009) Order
United States Blu-ray GODZILLA: Mastered in 4K Sony Pictures (2013) Order
Japan Blu-ray GODZILLA Toho (2014)  

CD Soundtracks

(9910) [Unlicensed]
Come With Me
Come With Me
Come With Me: Remix

Background and Trivia

  • Sony submitted the film to the US copyright office on May 15th, 1998 with the registration number of PAU002235911. The title used was Godzilla, although it included the Romaji version, Gojira, and the movie's secretive working title, The Big Fin.
  • Two sequels were planned for the movie, getting as far as being registered with the US copyright office. Registered on April 13th, 1998, the submitted material indicates that the agreement between Toho and TriStar occurred on June 17th, 1997. The registration numbers are V3414D227 and V3414D224 respectively.
  • The catch phrase for the American promotion campaign was "Size Does Matter".
  • To promote the movie, two music videos were created around the production. One featured Puff Daddy and Jimmy Paige with the song "Come With Me", while another featured the band The Wallflowers and the song "Heroes". The latter was released on the home video editions of the movie in the United States.

Concept Art


Miles Imhoff Star Rating
August 3, 2004
Patrick Galvan Star Rating
September 28, 2014