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.

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").

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.

Trivia: Near the beginning, when Godzilla first starts his rampage, one of the assistants working at the news channel (the one talking on the phone to her mum) is the voice of Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright).

Trivia: The mayor is named Ebert and his assistant is named Gene. These two were parodies of two well-known movie critics: the late Gene Siskel (who died in 1999 from complication from brain surgery) and Roger Ebert. They gave bad reviews for "Stargate" (1994) and "Independence Day" (1996) which were also made by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, so this is also their way of getting back at them. The actors who play them also look similar to Siskel and Ebert.

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Trivia: The cop that we see when Godzilla interrupts the mayor's speech also played a cop in Independence Day, the one whose car got wrecked when the alien arrived.

Trivia: The Japanese ship that Godzilla attacks at the start of the film is called the Kobayashi Maru, in reference to the ill-fated starship that features in test scenarios in the Star Trek franchise.

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Trivia: When questioned about his identity at the beached remnants of a fish cannery ship, the man responds "Lao Che Property and Casualty Insurance." Lao Che was the name of the gangster that hired Indy in the Temple of Doom to get the remains of Neurhachi.

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Trivia: The film was meant to be the start of a trilogy. The second film would have involved the surviving "baby Godzilla" growing up into a full-sized beast and battling an insect-like creature in Australia with an army of adolescent Godzillas that it had birthed. It also would have had an emotional attachment to Matthew Broderick, who was expected to return. The third movie would have built on the second film, and would have possibly included new versions of other Japanese "Godzilla" universe monsters. However, due to the mixed-to-negative reception of this installment and budgetary concerns, the sequels were ultimately scrapped.


Trivia: Director Roland Emmerich was not a fan of the "Godzilla" character or franchise, and originally did not want to make the film. It was only after the studio informed him that he could do "whatever he wanted" with the material that he agreed to make the film.

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Trivia: There's a statue of the alien from Independence Day on top of the computer monitor in the broadcasting booth at the Madison Square Garden. (01:44:25)


Trivia: Godzilla has only 11 minutes of screen time in the entire film.

Trivia: This was the first Godzilla movie where the creature was almost 100% CGI.

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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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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