Godzilla (1998)

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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'.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the old man is fishing off the pier in New York and hooks Godzilla, Godzilla swims back towards him, just under the water. He keeps coming until he starts smashing the pier up from underneath the water. How could he even stay under the water right there? The water can't be very deep because the pier is on pilings.

Correction: As seen later in the movie, Godzilla swims in a flat-out position. When swiiming, she is no taller than the thickest part of her body, which is far from her regular height. And naturally, she stands up before jumping out of the water.


Corrected entry: The monster can outrun helicopters, but can't catch a taxi?

Correction: Godzilla actually outmanuvered the choppers, not outran them. She was able to move much more freely than the choppers as she didn't have to worry about hitting buildings. As for the taxi, have you ever tried to catch a mouse running through your house? It's very difficult. Same situation.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: The Apache choppers Echo 1, 2 and 4 fire missiles at Godzilla which are called 'Sidewinders'. Sidewinders are air-to-air missiles used on fighter planes; the Apaches' standard heavy missile are air-to surface tank-cracking 'Hellfires'.

Correction: The Apache are capable of using Sidewinders for air-to-air attacks. They can be mounted on the wingtips.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Nick is trying to get in the elevator, a young Godzilla sticks its head through the doors and they automatically open (this is a security feature). When Nick kicks it in the head, the doors are automatically closing, even though there is something in the middle of them.

Correction: The door hit the baby the first time. The door closed again because it was not blocking the electric eye on the elavator, which is near the bottom.

Corrected entry: The strength of Godzilla seems to change every minute from destroying skyscrapers to being unable to destroy a cab. This also applies to the young ones, they can go through walls but later they're held back by locked doors, doors closed with a rope, or elevator doors.

Correction: Concerning the young, there is no scene featuring them coming through walls, only windows/glass screens at best; yet the question about the Garden's all too flimsy doors remains.

Corrected entry: When Godzilla chases the taxi, the people inside argue which road they should take. When one of the characters proposes one route, Audrey says "But that road always has traffic jams when it's raining" or something similar. But isn't that a perfectly stupid thing to say when there's no one in the city?

Correction: This is just becasue living in New York, Audrey has been conditioned not to take this road in the rain. It doesn't even occur to her that the road will be devoid of cars.

Correction: Also, she has seen enough wreckage to be thinking of abandoned / destroyed vehicles from Godzilla's first attack (which was also in the rain). A traffic jam of totaled cars is just as bad an obstacle as functional ones that are stopped.


Corrected entry: After Matthew Broderick is kicked off the project team and he has the fight with his ex-girlfriend, his girlfriend's friend's husband heads to his bright red van. He has an opened umbrella in his hand one shot, yet when he steps into the van, he doesn't stop to close it or anything. It literally disappears. He doesn't bring it into the van, and he doesn't drop it either, as the ground to the left of the van is empty as he drives away in the next shot.

Correction: I played it in slow-motion. He puts it in the car, just before he gets in.

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: 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: When the attack helicopters go after Godzilla they use heat seeking missiles. Surely they wouldn't even notice a cold blooded lizard? Also when Godzilla chases them why don't they just go up out of reach, rather than running away below the rooftops?

Correction: Cold-blooded doesn't mean cold. A reptile is as warm as his environment. A little added exertion would make Godzilla warm enough for the missiles to work. What's more, the iguana she once was has turned dinosaurian, with legs under the body. As such, she could easily be warm-blooded now like dinosaurs are thought to be.

It's mentioned by the helicopter pilot in the movie that the lizard is colder than the buildings around it. She isn't warm blooded, she isn't expelling any heat at all.


Correction: The force of habit, most of the things they usually fight have warm components (soldiers, attack dogs, running engines, even mere campfires), and they don't have the time or know-how to custom make the missiles. Arctic researchers have made a similar mistake when tracking seals, they tried tracking them via infrared, which works in warmer climates perfectly well, but since it's obviously urgent that Polar warm-blooded creatures not lose heat, it was of limited to no use, and the scientists had to use other methods; which they, unlike the soldiers, had the time to find.


They should have immediately noticed the thing is too cold to use heat seekers on. They should have switched to cannons.


Corrected entry: When the taxi drives off from Godzilla's mouth and drives away through the bridge, you can see a woman standing in the background, but obviously nobody should be there. (02:02:00)

Correction: That is not a woman standing in the background. It's a large drop cloth draped over the bridge deck's barrier, with its bottom bit lying rumpled on the ground. Its vertical center fold may be giving you the illusion of two very long, unusual legs.

Super Grover

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 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: Two soldiers examine the tube at the end of which we then see Godzilla's eye opening. One looks towards the end of the tube, the other examines with a flashlight. He then turns around to go back to the guy at the curve and behind him opens the eye of the beast - but shouldn't the guy in the back who was looking in that direction notice?

Correction: We don't see the other guy after the one near Godzillas eye has turned around. He might have turned around as well.

Ronnie Bischof

Corrected entry: When Godzilla's tail smashes the bridge of the Japanese fishing tanker, all 3 men at the bridge go flying, but in the next shot, we only see 1 of the 3 men actually slam into the wall.

Correction: Perhaps one guy got hit with more force or weighed less so he flew farther.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Nick gets into the elevator in Madison Square Garden he starts to press the close button, but if you look at the button to the left of his hand the picture shows the close doors sign so he would be pressing the open doors button.

Correction: No, that picture is a marker. There is a silver button that actually closes the door. You can see the same on the left hand side, where there is the doors open marker and a silver button next to it.

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

Factual error: The Apaches in the film are depicted with dual machine guns on each side of the cockpit, mounted directly on the windows. In real life, Apaches cannot mount such cannons, and instead use an M230 Chaingun in a turret underneath the helicopter, which the film Apaches have, but for some reason do not use. (00:49:25)


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Suggested correction: Yes, we can all see they are supposed to be Apaches but not once are they mentioned by name. The US Army obviously didn't allow for real Apaches to be used. This isn't a mistake as there would have been no official licence to use the real deal.

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Trivia: In response to fan-backlash against this film, Toho (the Japanese company responsible for the "Godzilla" film series) decided to have some fun at the expense of the film. The film "Godzilla: Final Wars" made this movie officially canonical with the "Millennium Era" film series, by suggesting that the events of this film happened, but that it was misconstrued as a Godzilla attack by the US. To even further parody this film, the "Godzilla" from this movie appears, being rebranded "Zilla", and is killed by the Japanese Godzilla within seconds.

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Question: After they blow up Madison Square Garden, as they are standing outside Godzilla makes an appearance after previously being assumed dead. How did it manage to get back to Madison Square Garden without being detected by anyone?

Answer: Everyone was so focused on the nest in the Garden, they all forgot about Godzilla.

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