Godzilla (1998)

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Corrected entry: If the lizards are born pregnant and produce offspring within 12 months then the "mother" lizard would have already produced many litters prior to the one in New York and those offspring would have in turn produced their own litters meaning the planet would have already been over-run long before the litter of 200 in New York. That is, unless the "mother" lizard in the movie is only 12 months old herself and the New York litter was her first (which in itself would be ridiculous). Not to mention that the "mother" would also have 199 brothers and sisters all producing offspring.

Correction: Why is it so ridiculous that the litter would be her first? Zilla may only be 12 months old. Or she may have laid eggs 12 months after reaching maturity. As for the mother having brothers and sisters, watch the beginning of the film. You can see there is only one egg left on the bombed atoll.


Corrected entry: Godzilla makes cars bounce several feet off the ground when she walks, but she can hide for an extended period of time in the subway tunnels without disturbing the trains?

Correction: Subway cars are much heavier than cars. Also, it's possible for me to walk in my house, and rattle the china in the cabinets. Alternatively, I can move around without making a sound. It all depends on how quiet I want to be. As she is hiding, it's not unlikely Godzilla is trying to be as quiet as possible.


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: 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: 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: When Godzilla is killed, he is standing on a suspension bridge entangled in the newly broken wires. If the wires are broken, then the bridge wouldn't be able to support its own weight, let alone the weight of a monster of that size.

Correction: First, the bridge does begin to collapse. Second, suspension bridge designs take into account that a significant portion of the cables can fail in a major accident without the bridge collapsing. This is done by having redundant cabling. The Brooklyn Bridge's design has six times the needed cabling, so that 5 of every 6 could fail and the bridge would stay up- even fully loaded with cars.


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: Before Victor tells his new plan to Audrey, he talks to another woman in a crowded room which is full of people talking on the phone and there is also Jamiroquai's featured song coming from somewhere quite loud. Still, Victor and the woman are able to converse quite well without having to change their low voice level, even when they are five or six meters from each other.

Correction: As the other folks are using phones and having conversations (including the one you mentioned) without trouble, the song is obviously not as loud as you believe. We the viewers also hear everything said. The music is not at all loud.


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 they are at the MP checkpoint trying to get past the gate in the HMMWV (Hummer) you can see an interior panel with a speaker over the driver's side window. Military Hummers don't have interior panels, much less stereos and speakers. They are totally bare necessities inside. They don't even have keyed ignition. There is an on off switch for ignition.


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"). This is the reason why the Hummer has an interior panel w/speakers, as well as power windows. Its actually a civilian model.

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: 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: At the end of the film when the people are in the taxi driving over the Brooklyn bridge, they jump from the bridge to the road right even though the shot right
before the jump shows the taxi cab a good 3-4 feet below the road level. How did they all of a sudden jump that gap UP onto the road?

Correction: The car got visible lifted into the air, either by the blast of the collapsing bridge or by anything else acting as a ramp on the street.

Ronnie Bischof

Continuity mistake: When the Mayor of New York is talking to the crowds and people can feel the ground bouncing, Godzilla is a fair bit away, but when she is stomping through the streets the people don't feel it at all - shouldn't they be thrown into the air from that proximity? (00:26:25)

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Trivia: Director Roland Emmerich was a massive fan of Spielberg's films. Particularly "Jurassic Park." Emmerich decided to model this film more around "Jurassic Park" than the original "Godzilla" series. (In particular the "Baby Godzilla" sequences, which features many callbacks and references to the raptor scenes from "Jurassic Park").

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