Godzilla (1998)

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Corrected entry: The newscaster states that Godzilla's appearance in New York is the greatest disaster since the World Trade Center bombing. It is unknown what year this is supposed to take place. The WTC was destroyed by terrorist attacks in 2001. The movie was made in 1998 so it seems the writer had a premonition. Also, when the various camera shots show the NYC skyline, you can see the WTC buildings, although in this movie, whatever year it was to take place, they could have been rebuilt.

Correction: You are quite wrong. The movie was set in the present day of that time in 1998. The reference was for the first terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, on February 26th 1993. That bombing caused the deaths of 6 people, there were more than 1,000 people injured, 105 firefighters injured, damage to PATH train mezzanine and the cost of the damage was more than half a billion dollars.

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Corrected entry: When Nick has first contact with Godzilla, he signals to the soldiers that they should not shoot. How the soldiers can see from that far and in the heavy rain what his fingers are pointing is one question, the bigger problem is that when we see a close-up of the guy's fingers, there's no rain.

Correction: There is rain in that shot.

Corrected entry: When they are being chased in Madison Square Garden, Nick knocks over a rack of balls and a gumball machine. They show the dinosaurs slipping and sliding. Nick then runs down stairs and joins the others. Shortly, they turn around and see the dinosaurs slipping and sliding on the balls again even though they're now one level lower.


Correction: Nick actually knocked the balls and gumball machine over that are actually close to the stairs that Nick then runs down. The balls and gumballs simply continued to bounce and roll down the stairs down to the lower level.

Corrected entry: How did Godzilla deposit eggs in Madison Square Garden? It's obviously much too small for her to fit in. Almost all of the eggs are in the central dome, yet when our heroes are running around there is never any indication of a large hole Godzilla could reach through to place them inside.


Correction: The hole Godzilla used to get in there is the one that the humans climb up to get in Madison Square Garden. You even see Animal looking up the hole when he notices the MSG sign.

Corrected entry: The footage of the Nuclear Explosions are actually those of the US "Crossroads" Program during 1946-1953. Ironically enough, it was done in the South Pacific.

Correction: I can not see how this is a mistake. All this goes to show is that Godzilla is a result of years of nuclear radiation and several test bombings, instead of being mutated by a single atomic blast.


Corrected entry: When the lead fighter jet sends two rockets to blow up Madison Square Garden, if paused just right you can see the building blow up from the inside and there are no visible rockets hitting the roof. (It is necessary to go frame by frame.)


Correction: If frame-by-frame is required then it's not a valid mistake.

Corrected entry: In Madison Square Garden, the French guy smashes Animal's camera, breaking it. When they are again being chased by the baby Godzilla's, Animal runs back to get his tape but leaves the broken camera on the ground. However, when they are being chased by Godzilla in the cab, Animal all of a sudden has another camera to film the chase. Where did he get this camera? When he packs his bag at the house, we see him put only one camera in there. Plus the bag is only big enough to fit one camera anyway.


Correction: They took the second camera from the Madison Square Garden's studio.

Corrected entry: It is shown that Godzilla laid around 200 or so eggs in Madison Square Garden. Yet to carry that many eggs at the size they are shown in the film, Godzilla would have had a visible bulge for all of the eggs. Yet throughout the movie, it is never shown to have any signs of carrying eggs.


Correction: We have no idea how quickly Godzilla can reproduce eggs, and there's also no onscreen suggestion that she laid the eggs in one hit. I got the impression she was using the garden as a lair and constantly returned to it, presumably to lay more eggs.


Corrected entry: When the old guys snags the "big one" and realizes he needs to run his chair disappears from shot to shot. (00:24:40)


Correction: The only time the chair is hard to see is the shot from well behind him, looking at the approaching swell, but the chair is there, tho faintly visible with all the rain in the shot.


Corrected entry: At the briefing meeting where Nick tells that Godzilla is pregnant, some guy says "I think we should watch this" just when a news flash is starting - the one with the secret tape. How could he know that THIS news flash was so important?

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Obviously he doesn't KNOW, but as it IS a "news flash", it just might be important. Hardly odd unless we see him ignore every 'news flash' before and after.


Corrected entry: When the mayor's helicopter lands it makes a screeching tyre sound (like when an airplane touches down). The heliport was wet and the tires touched straight down and therefore wouldn't make a screeching sound.


Correction: Cars braking hard in the rain screech the tires, so the water is not a factor. The front tire actually stops well-above ground, then drops the last few feet very hard. It's not impossible that it would have made such a sound.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Godzilla arrives in NYC the fisherman has thrown out his little line. Apparantly Godzilla catches it. However when Godzilla starts to race towards the bridge, she is several hundreds of meters away. How could she get hold of the line?

Jacob La Cour

Correction: I had a similar thought when I saw the pole yank AWAY from the dock, then Godzilla swarm TOWARD the dock. The answer to both is that Godzilla was passing very near the dock and caught the hook as she turned away from the dock, pulling the pole away. Then she reversed direction and charged the dock. This scenario negates both mistakes.


Corrected entry: When Nick is getting the worms, he walks from the back of the van. When the helicopter lands the shot over Nick's shoulder shows the van is turned around and face the way he came.

Correction: Not so. He fetches equipment at the rear of the van and the next shot (looking through the van from the other side) shows him carrying it past the van, to a point well in front of the van. He plants the poles, then goes back to the rear of the van to connect the cables. Then he's back at the poles, picking up worms, again in front of the van. When the helicopter lands, we see the front of the van well behind him, as it should be.


Corrected entry: When Godzilla's foot comes down on the cameraman, it raises up in the very next shot without the other foot behind it moving forward. In the shot after that, with the cameraman's point of view, the other foot is gone.

Correction: As Godzilla approaches, Grand Central Station is to our right. There is an elevated street that wraps around that building. Godzilla's right foot lands around the cameraman. The left foot is using the raised roadway (note the flipped taxi on that higher roadway as Godzilla walks away) until her last left step, which is now on the lower roadway as she turns left.


Corrected entry: After Nick (Matthew Broderick) gets into the jeep with Jean Reno you can see a reflection of someone standing right next to the vehicle as it pulls away. The reflection is in the jeep's window and is real easy to see, especially in slo-mo.

Correction: First, it's a Hummer, not a Jeep. Second, there are numerous civilian-dressed people milling about the area, so that any one of them could have walked toward the Hummer just as it began to drive away.


Corrected entry: In the shot of the wrecked tanker, one of the helicopters flies straight through the side of the tanker.

Correction: Watched the scene three times in slow-motion. Neither of the two helicopters does any such thing.


Corrected entry: When they load up in the HMMWV (Hummer) in the warehouse there are 6 guys. military HMMWVs only have 4 seats (very uncomfortable ones at that).


Correction: The Hummers in the warehouse are actually civilian Hummers which are being disguised to look like military Humvees.(Notice when Matthew Broderick and the French guy first walk into the warehouse the humvee's are being spray painted the camoflauge color "You can buy anything in America"). Civilian Hummers can be modified to seat up to 8 people.

Corrected entry: When the missiles hit Madison Square Garden it is a massive explosion, even accounting for the explosive placed there by the French (who did not think they had enough), but when a total of 12 missiles hit Godzilla, no explosions. As the missiles had penetrated Godzilla’s skin it would hardly have been able to contain the explosion inside the body.

Correction: When the planes attack Madison Square they use LGB's (laser guided bombs) which would blow up the building no problem, when attacking Godzilla on the bridge they would have used missiles as they only wanted to kill Godzilla not blow the bridge to pieces.

Corrected entry: I've talked to a Ministry Official and other fishermen, and the "fishing ship" that is portrayed in the Godzilla movie is a bit too generous in size for Japanese fishing operations in the South Pacific. Not too many fishing operations require a ship the size of a supertanker...

Correction: The ship in question is referred to as a "canning ship". It is self contained, it catches the fish, processes and cans the fish so when it lands they just unload the cans of fish. This makes for fresher canned fish as opposed to keeping the fish alive long enough to get to land and then transport them to land for processing.


Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, the F-18's shoot missiles at Godzilla. However they are very close to each other. They weren't in any formation, and having a missile pass so close to a jet should have caused it to explode from the heat and radiance or at least give it turbulence.

Correction: They are proximity fused, air to ground Hellfire missiles, not heat seeeking air-to-air missiles. The heat of a near by jet is irrelevant. Secondly, the turbulence from a 420kg missile won't even cause a noticeable wobble on a 20 ton jet fighter, let alone 'turbulence'.

Continuity mistake: Godzilla noticeably changes size throughout the movie. For example, she is shown lairing in a subway tunnel, but she cannot fit into the Hyde Park tunnel (taxicab scene), which is significantly larger than a subway tunnel. Also, compare the size of Godzilla's eye next to Matthew Broderick during the fish scene and Godzilla's death scene. The eye is way bigger in the latter.

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Philippe Roaché: I am Philippe Roaché, dgse - Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure.
Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: It sounds big.
Philippe Roaché: French Secret Service.
Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: Oh.

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Trivia: When O'Neal is checking the taxi's frequency, the sheet he looks at has Scott Collins and Len Wiseman on it. They were prop assistants on this film as well as Stargate and Independence Day, all made by Roland Emmerich.

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